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Post-Modern Seating

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Dobra Upholstered Lounge Chair in Grey Linen by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The Dobra chair is part of the Dobra furniture line which is designed with the concept of a continue steel bar folded to create legs and frames for the different components. "Dobra" ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Post-Modern Style Aurora Chair in Walnut Finish with Wooden Back and Textile
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Aurora collection aka Dawn marks a new exiting moment in our design history, in where we dove deep in to the creativity unknown, to create a collection that would be able to hold...
Category

2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Faux Leather, Cane, Hardwood, Walnut

Armchair by Philippe Starck for Driade, Model J Série Lang, 1987
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
DESIGNER : Philippe Starck, Producer : Driade. The J armchair belongs to the Lang series with the M table. This model, as well as the series, was designed by Philippe Starck and prod...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

1990s Vintage Verner Panton Atrributed "Dondolo" Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
for Ycami Edizioni c. 1990s. The fabric is a lovely chenille that's in excellent condition. There are no maker's marks.
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

David Mazel Tov LifeGuard Chair, Handcrafted Maple Coastal Inspiration Seating
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This chair is named in honor of the famous lifeguard. David Mazel Tov is a design focused on perspectives and it allows two people to co-exist in a space with different points of vie...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Rattan, Maple

2000s Magistretti Cassina Black Leather Maralunga Three-Seat Sofa and Armchairs
Located in IT
Maralunga is an emblematic sofa of Cassina, the work of architect and Industrial designer Vico Magistretti, designed in 1973. Winner of the Compasso d’Oro in 1979, Maralunga is the e...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Rino Maturi Nuvolone Modular Sofa in Dark Green Fabric by MIMO 1970s Italy
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Nuvolone modular sofa composes of five single modules which can be arranged to your own liking. The sofa presents a structure in polyurethane foam upholstered with a dark green fabri...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Brutus Stool by 101 Copenhagen
Located in Geneve, CH
Brutus stool by 101 Copenhagen Designed by Kristian Sofus Hansen & Tommy Hyldahl Dimensions: L 60 / W 30 /H 54 CM Materials: fiber concrete Inspired by the Brutalist architectu...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Concrete

Vintage De Sede Modular Two Seater 'DS-77' Sofa Bed in Black Leather
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage De Sede two-seater sofa/ sofa bed, model 'DS-77', leather, fabric, Switzerland, the 1970s. Important: The item offered for sale is in very good original condition. The lea...
Category

1970s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Foam

Sculptural Lounge Chair in Beige Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Easy chair, wood, leather, Europe, 1980s This lounge chair bears stylistic traits of various art periods and can therefore be seen as an eclectic design. A triumphal arch shape is ...
Category

1980s European Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

Fried Egg Left Lounge Chair Grey Melange by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Fried Egg left lounge chair grey Melange by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D99 x W68 x H 68 cm Material: Textile or nubuck upholstery, Solid oiled teak Weight: 25 kg Also available in d...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Galore Module Pouf Amber by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Galore Module Pouf Amber by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D75 x W75 x H 44 cm Material: Textile upholstery, Powder coated black steel legs, Wooden frame, foam, spring system. Weight: 15.5 ...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Object 049 Taupe Pouf by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 049 Taupe Pouf by NG Design Dimensions: D64 x W51 x H41 cm Materials: Boucle upholstery, Solid Oak Also Available: All of objects available in different materials and colors ...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Cult Stool, Mexican Onyx Marble Conglomerate
Located in Ciudad De México, MX
Cult stool/ side table; a hand sculpted stone from a Mexican marble and Mexican onyx conglomerate, remits to primal sculptural-architectural language while displaying materials in a ...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Onyx, Marble

Moss Green Memento Chair, Jesse Sanderson
Located in Geneve, CH
Moss green Memento chair, Jesse Sanderson Original signed chair by Jesse Sanderson Materials: Leather, steel Dimensions: W 43 x D 50 x H 80 cm Seating height 47 cm Frame finis...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Object 049 Brick Pouf by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 049 Brick Pouf by NG Design Dimensions: D64 x W51 x H41 cm Materials: Boucle upholstery, Solid Oak Also Available: All of objects available in different materials and col...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Galore 3 Seater Linen by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Galore 3 Seater Linen by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D222 x W83 x H 76 cm Material: Textile upholstery, Powder coated black steel legs, Wooden frame, foam, spring system. Weight: 62 kg A...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Amat-3 Jamaica Stool by Pepe Cortès, Spanish Stool 'BD Barcelona, Knoll'
Located in CULEMBORG, GE
In his early design career, dating back to the 1960s, Spanish designer Pepe Cortès has been recognized with multiple design awards. However, he designed his best piece in the 1990s: ...
Category

1990s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Trampolín Bench, Blue by Cuatro Cuatros
Located in Geneve, CH
Trampolín bench - Blue by Cuatro Cuatros Dimensions: W135, D49, H83, Seat 44 Materials: Chrome plated or painted iron structure Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame retardant) for...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome, Iron

Set of 2 Medium Pausa Oak Stool by Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 medium Pausa oak stool by Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte Dimensions: D 27 x W 35 x H 65 cm Materials: oak wood Available in burnt oak version and in 3 sizes. Pausa is a se...
Category

2010s Belgian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Layered Steel Seat X by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Layered steel seat X by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 33 x W 27 x H 42 cm Materials: stainless steel Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who continues...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Layered Oak Wood Stool by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Layered oak wood stool by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 33 x W 30 x H 42 cm Materials: weathered oak Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who continues...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Lammi Bar Stool, Black by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Lammi bar stool, 66 cm, black by Made By Choice with Saku Sysiö Dimensions: 47 x 38 x 66 cm Materials: Oak Standard finishes: natural wood / painted black Also available: Lammi...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Cassina "Aki" Swivel Chair in Blood Orange by Toshiyuki Kita
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Huggable darling of the Postmodern office or living room. The K06 01 Aki chair by Toshiyuki Kita for Cassina adds a punch of comfortable style, informal and playful, yet capable of b...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Funky Stool Made in 467 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Funky stool made in 467 minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: 42 x 42 x 56 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as cardboard tubes, plastic boxes, leather, clay Minute Manu...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Clay, Plastic

Funky Stool Made in 467 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Funky stool made in 467 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: 42 x 42 x 56 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as cardboard tubes, plastic boxes, leather, clay Minute Manu...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Clay, Plastic

Outdoor Bench, Barricade Bench by Jumbo, Modern Metal Garden Bench in Yellow
Located in New York, NY
This outdoor metal bench by New York based design duo JUMBO is an exceptionally durable metal bench made in the form of a barricade that has been bent into a garden bench, with seati...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Embrace Armchair by Royal Stranger
Located in Geneve, CH
Embrace armchair by Royal Stranger Dimensions: 96 x 85 x 68 cm Different upholstery colors and finishes are available. Materials: Velvet Featuring an enfolding composition of ...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet

Nest Ottoman, Red by Paula Rosales
Located in Geneve, CH
Nest ottoman - red by Paula Rosales Dimensions: W42, D42, H43 Materials: Iron structure and MDF board Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame retardant) for all our cushion filling s...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Foam, Wood

Kaski Lounge, Narrow by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Kaski lounge, narrow by Made By Choice with Joanna Laajisto Dimensions: 77 x 63 x 76 cm Materials: Birch plywood Standard Finishes: Natural wood / Painted black Also available:...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Birch, Plywood

Italian Post Modern Cockpit Shape Leather and Steel Side Chair, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian post modern cockpit shape leather and steel side chair, 1980s Chair or small armchair with round seat in black sky and back in satin steel rod with three-legged cockpit shap...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Post-Modern Bespoke French Barrel Chairs
Located in Wilton, CT
Purchased at a vintage market outside of Paris, these chairs were brought back to a Connecticut estate where we found them and took them to our workroom for restoration. We ebonized ...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Textile, Walnut

Karl Friedrich Forster Black Leather Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Pair of arm chairs designed by Karl Friedrich Forster for KFF. Made in Germany. Original design is intended for dining chairs but they are comfortable enough to be used as lounge cha...
Category

Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Riso Side Table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Riso side table by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: D 10" x W 17.5" x H 11 in Materials: Green / black marble, black finished l-beam Umberto Bellardi Ricci is an Italian scul...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Marble

Black Layered Oak Wood Bench by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Black Layered oak wood bench by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 120 x W 72 x H 39 cm Materials: ebonized red oak Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Design Institute of America Chrome Cantilevered Dining Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
Chrome dining chairs on casters with original fabric by Design Institute of America (DIA). The fabric is dotted with white/blue and white/pink polka dot like stitching. Set of four.
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Cassina 'Viola d'amore' Armchairs by Piero Martini
Located in Antwerp, BE
Postmodern luxury lounge chairs by Piero Martini for Cassina, 1970s. The camel leather and wooden details are in exceptionally well preserved condition. Down filled cushions make...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood, Down

Ralph Lauren Black Leather Florence Ottoman in the Style of Victorian Footstools
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Ralph Lauren black leather Florence ottoman stool A good looking well made and expensive piece of luxury furniture. This design is b...
Category

20th Century English Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Galerie l'Orme Pair of Armchairs in Elm and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Galerie l'Orme, armchairs, solid elm, leather, France, 1980s. Stunning pair of French armchairs manufactured by Galerie l'Orme in Paris. Executed in solid elm, these chairs exhib...
Category

1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Elm

Rotor Sofa EJ-800 by Peter Hort-Lorentzen for Erik Jorgensen, Denmark
Located in Halle, DE
Rotor sofa EJ-800 – 2 seat sofa designed 1983 by Peter Hiort-Lorentzen & Johannes Foersom. Manufactured by Erik Jorgensen A/S, Denmark. The backrests are rotateable to generate sever...
Category

1980s Danish Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

1/6 Postmodern Minimalist French Chair 'Lune d'Argent' by Pascal Mourgue, 1980s
By Pascal Mourgue, Fermob
Located in Zagreb, HR
Postmodern dining chair 'Lune d'Argent' (Silver Moon) by Pascal Mourgue 6 chairs available The chair was designed in 1985 and produced by Feomob in France The chair features...
Category

1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Matching Pair of Midcentury Italian Postmodern Red Lounge Chairs by Cappellini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An ultra sleek matching pair of slipper chairs made by Cappellini in Italy. They feature minimal steel frames and red fabric cushions. Very comfortable chairs. Price includes the pai...
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Italian Postmodern Upholstered Bench after Sottsass for Memphis
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super unique Postmodern design straight out of the 1980s from Italy. It features a heavy solid wood construction with silver textured finish and upholstered seat cushion.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Post-Modern Upholstered Nepentha Stool by Draga & Aurel
Located in New York, NY
NIGHT FEVER COLLECTION Just like the fashionable armchair design, the Nepentha stool by Draga and Aurel is designed to be modern, glamorous, and comfortable. A truly unique piec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Wire

Westnofa Set of Four Norwegian Designer 80s Modern Dining or Game Chairs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This rare and outstanding example of good, modern Norweigian design came from a very upscale palm Springs Country Club residence. They have been newly upholstered in a very high end ...
Category

1980s Norwegian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Contemporary "Sol" Chair in Reclaimed Wood by Brazilian Designer Rodrigo Simão
Located in Miami, FL
Contemporary "Sol" Chair in Reclaimed Wood by Brazilian Designer Rodrigo Simão, 2016. The Sol chair is a 2016 creation by Brazilian architect and designer Rodrigo Simão made with th...
Category

2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Reclaimed Wood

ELO Armchair and Footstool Set for Indoor and Outdoor Use by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
ELO armchair paired with stool to create a chaise for outdoor terrace or poolside. The ELO chair is designed to provide a different experience for the user's back rest inspired by...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Ron Arad Anonimos Stools Set Zeus, Italy, 1994
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super rare set of 4 bar stools with back rests designed by the world famous UK designer Ron Arad and manufactured by Zeus, Italy 1994. These stools are from the Anonimus series by Ar...
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Roma Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Roma fiberglass chair by Marco Zanini for MEMPHIS (1986). This exotic chair (throne) is a radical MEMPHIS experiment with an unorthodox material created by Marco Zanini, one o...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Italian Armchairs in Original Patinated Red Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian armchairs, marble, metal, leather, wood, Italy, 1970s Striking dining chairs with great material combination and wonderful shapes. The designer of these wonderful chairs was...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Marble, Steel

Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Great Post Modern sofa by Neils Eilersen. Sofa is exceptionally comfortable and have fun adjustable headrests. Sofa is in great structural shape however the fabric has seen better d...
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet

Dining Chairs by Pierre Cardin, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Dining chairs by Pierre Cardin, 1980s Unique and magnificent Pierre Cardin table from the eighties. Absolutely rare production designed by Pierre Cardin in Italy. Back in curved ch...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Vladimir Kagan Wingback Swivel Chair and Ottoman
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Iconic Vladimir Kagan for Directional wingback tilt and swivel lounge chair with matching ottoman. Both the chair and ottoman are newly reupholstered in gray bouclé fabric. The chair...
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Pop Art Pink Lilac Vintage Armchair Zyklus Chair Peter Maly, 1980s Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Postmodern Pop Art vintage pink violet vintage armchair lounge chair model Zyklus Chair designed by Peter Maly 1980s and executed by COR, Helmut Luebke. This model of armchair was e...
Category

Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Checkered A-Chair, Kelsie Rudolph, Represented by Tuleste Factory
Located in New York, NY
Checkered a-chair by Kelsie Rudolph 29.75” H x 18” W x 17.75” D Kelsie Rudolph's work was built to explore the relationship between hard and soft. During the ceramic making pro...
Category

2010s Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Clay

Blue Velvet And Wooden Feet Design Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Comfy and elegant armchair dressed in trendy dark blue velvet and walnut legs
Category

20th Century French Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Cognac September Bar Stool by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Cognac September Bar Stool by OxDenmarq Dimensions: D 38 x W 42 x H 93 cm Materials: Leather, Black Powder Coated Steel Also Available: Different colors available, OX DENMARQ i...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Joe Colombo for Zanotta Pair of Barstools in Leather and Chrome
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Joe Colombo for Zanotta, barstools, model 'Birillo', leather, chrome, fiberglass, Italy, 1971. Pair of remarkable swiveling 'Birillo' barstools designed by Joe Colombo for Zanott...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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