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Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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
Guido Faleschini Swivel Lounge Chair by Mariani for Pace
Located in Chattanooga, TN
If only it was possible to order a hundred of these marvels brand new in a rainbow of colors and fabrics. The world would be a better place. There's something really special about th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Brown and Chrome Swivel Wheeled Office Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century brown and chrome swivel wheeled office chair This chair measures: 23.5 wide x 22 deep x 31.5 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height of 25.5 inches All...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Plywood

Space Age Mid Century Swivel Lounge Chair in Fiberglass and Chrome by Selig
Located in Framingham, MA
First photo shows chair without studio lighting Eye-catching and rare fiberglass and chrome swivel lounge chair by Selig, designer unknown. Shell is marked Made in Sweden underneath...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Swivel Chair 'Medea' by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Swivel chair 'Medea' by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, 1950s.   
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood

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 Swivel Chairs

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Beech

20th Century Vintage Orange Ochra Velvet Swivel Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Swivel armchair from the 1960s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin, at the moment they are unique. Very comfortable, perfect as a desk chair. Due to their dimen...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Italian Mid Century Modern Rima Gastone Rinaldi Chrome Swivel Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of vintage Italian Mid-Century Modern chrome wire frame swivel chairs attributed to Gastone Rinaldi for Rima. Chairs feature swivel pedestal bases, sleek sculptural form, and or...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury Swivel Chair
Located in Chorzów, PL
Desk chair, Poland, after renovation. Very good condition, after replacing the upholstery. dimensions: height 88 cm, height 51 cm, width 74 cm, seat height 74 cm 50 cm.
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1980s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Brown Midcentury Round Beech Swivel Chair, Original Preserved Condition, 1960s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small round midcentury swivel chair. Material: Beech Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period: 1960-1969 Dimensions: Highest overall height 93 cm (36.61 in) Lowest overall hei...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Beech

Beautifully Grained Eames Herman Miller Rosewood 670 671 Lounge Chair Ottoman
Located in Ferndale, MI
I have owned and examined quite a few 670 671 Eames lounge chairs with ottomans. This chair set is the nicest I have seen in a while. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames along with the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

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 Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Philippe Starck for Kartell White Eros Swivel Italian Chairs, Set of 2
Located in Wichita, KS
Rare original Philippe Starck for Kartell Eros swivel chairs with marking, made in Italy.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Swivel Wing Chair in Red, 1980s
Located in Praha, CZ
Very good original condition Very sturdy construction. Two items available. Czechoslovakia, 1980s Price for one item.
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1980s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Curved Back Swivel Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The curved back swivel chair is a tuxedo style lounge chair with curved corners and a metal base. The chair features down-wrapped, removable seat and back cushions. The Lawson-Fen...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Set of Two Mid-Century Swivel Stools, Attrb. Brabantia, the Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Metal foot and swivel seating with new cognac faux-leather upholstery. One foot cap is missing.
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Overman Style High Back Swivel Black Chair
Located in Baltimore, MD
Fantastic midcentury, overman style, pod, high back, swivel, lounge chair, circa 1970s. Featuring a generously padded, high back and headrest to ensure maximum comfort and support. U...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Counter Swivel Bar Stool in Bouclé Fabric Black Metal Feet and Brass Finishes
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Counter swivel bar stool in bouclé fabric black metal feet and brass finishes.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Vintage Swivel Chair by Rudolf Wolf for Rohé Noordwolde, 1960s
By Rohe Noordwolde, Hans Rudolf Hentschel
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Vintage black skai high back lounge/swivel chair with a chrome base designed by Rudolf Wolf for Rohé Noordwolde. Rare chair with a beautiful design which is also very comfortable....
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of 1970s Italian Bamboo Swivel Armchairs
Located in London, London
Pair of swivel chairs Bamboo Measure: Seat height 44cm Italy 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bamboo

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Gray Swivel Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic gray upholstered swivel chairs with great scale and lines. Not too big, not too small, just perfect. Newer upholstery.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Swivel Desk Chair by Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional swivel desk chair by noted manufacturer Steelcase, circa 1970's. The chair swivels, and is mounted on wheels to allow easy movement and flexibility. This example is in ve...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Mid Century 1980s off White Tan Leather Reclining Lounge Chair Style of De Sede
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern 1980s off white tan cream leather reclining lounge chair style of De Sede. Beautiful soft leather very comfortable. 3 modes of seating - Upright - reclining positi...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Vintage Walnut "Scroll" Swivel Armchairs by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
Located in Burbank, CA
Rare vintage "Scroll" swivel armchairs designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Co. in the United States, circa 1950s. These extraordinary swivel armchairs have been constructed wit...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Milo Baughman Tilt Swivel Lounge Chairs in Kelly Wearstler Off-White Upholstery
Located in Dallas, TX
Milo Baughman's iconic tilt swivel newly upholstered in a off-white fluffy boucle by Kelly Wearstler. This chair has a walnut base and perfect proportions.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Teak Side Chair by Kodawood
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique sculptural modern side chair features the Mid-Century Modern design of Seymour James Weiner for the Kodawood Company. Perfect swivel seat for home or business use as desk...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Set of 3 Bespoke Counter-Height Swivel Stool, Leather and Brass by P. Tendercool
Located in Bangkok, TH
Model: PT48 counter-height and swivel stool Seat: Leather Seat color: Vieux rose Base: PT48 base, with swivels and hand cast brass Base finish: Golden sand Dimensions: 52 x 50 x 78 c...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

New Modern Design Aluminum Egg Chair Mancave 1950s Leather Industrial
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
From our own workshop & design collection this massive and impressive twist on the famous egg chair. Covered with numerous sheets of aluminium (all done by hand) the well known desi...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Gastone Rinaldi Armchair Set for RIMA, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Beautiful Gastone Rinaldi set of armchairs for RIMA, Italy 1960s. With this armchair the Italian design master shows his honest aestheticism. With its slender metal frame and le...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Two-Toned High-Back Adrian Pearsall Swivel Chair in Velvet, 1960s, USA
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous two-toned blue velvet Adrian Pearsall high-back swivel chairs in blue velvet. USA, 1960s
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Homecrest Metal Wire Swivel Rocking Chair
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Made by Homecrest in the 1960s, these amazingly comfortable chair sit on the patented Bottemiller swivel rocker mechanism that was the foundation of Homecrest's "Outdoor Living" Meta...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wire

Channeled Back Swivel Chairs by Directional, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of Mid-Century Modern swivel chairs by Directional, circa 1950-1959. Completely restored, fitted with a new cushion, reupholstered in Italian bouclé. Other designers of the pe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé

Pair of 1960's Vintage Swivel Rocking Armchairs
Located in London, GB
A fantastic pair of large retro swivelling and rocking armchairs. these were made in England, they date from around the 1960’s. They are of superb quality and are extremely comfor...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Design Scandinavian Leather Armchairs or Lounge Chairs by PEEM, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Finland - Made of metal, leather - Maker: PEEM - Good, original condition - Cleaned.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Blue Velvet Swivel Chairs, Milo Baughman Style, USA, 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
A gorgeous pair of newly reupholstered Milo Baughman style Mid-Century Modern barrel back swiveling club chairs dating from the 1970s. Fully reupholstered in a luxurious jewel tone c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Peach Velvet Swivel Barrel Back Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Gorgeous set of midcentury 360 degree swivel chairs with peach colored velvet upholstery.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Fjordfiesta Scandia Senior Easy Swivel Chair by Hans Brattrud
Located in Long Island City, NY
Fjordfiesta Scandia senior easy swivel chair by Hans Brattrud is one of very few Norwegian furniture design classics that is known internationally. The Scandia Series of chairs fell ...
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20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Laminate, Oak

Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandstrøm Manufacturer: DUX Era: 1960s Dimensions: 27.5? wide x 36? tall Condition: Frame in great original condition with light...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Vintage Modern Velvet and Brass Swivel Club Chairs, Pair
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning pair of swivel lounge chairs, recently recovered in a gold colored velvet. Features clean modern lines, barrel backs with the uppers raised on swivelling brass trimmed plint...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Blue and Brass Swivel Chairs in the Style of Milo Baughman
Located in Dallas, TX
These attractive lounge chairs represent the perfect mix of design, function, and comfort. Very well crafted club chairs in the style of Milo Baughman. Each chair features a barrel b...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Giulio Moscatelli for Formanova Set of Five Swivel Chairs in Brown Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giulio Moscatelli for Formanova, set of five swivel 'Poney' armchairs, fabric and steel, Italy, 1970s. This set of 'Poney' armchairs are designed by Giulio Moscatelli and produced b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Curved Back Swivel Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The curved back swivel chair is a tuxedo style lounge chair with curved corners and a metal base. The chair features down-wrapped, removable seat and back cushions. The Lawson-Fen...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary pair of mid-century modern swivel bar stools are in great condition beautifully crafted has a wrought iron base is newly painted in a black color finish and has be...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Wrought Iron

Eames Mid-Century Soft Pad Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames mid-century soft pad chair. The chair measures: 22 wide x 20.5 deep x 39.5 high, with a seat height of 19.5 inches and arm height of 25.25 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Set of Three Italian Modern Swivel Barstools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique set of three heavy metal barstools features a shapely Italian style design with plush upholstered seats. Swivel seats, tapered legs and circular footrest add to the styli...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Midcentury Round Metal Italian Industrial Stool, 1960
Located in Rome, IT
Round metal stool from the middle of the century. All in white lacquered metal worn by time. The seat is rotatable and can be raised and lowered according to needs. It has three fo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Iron

Pair of 20th Century Vintage Orange Ochra Velvet Swivel Armchairs, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Pair of swivel armchairs from the 1960s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin - at the moment they are unique. Very comfortable, perfect as a desk chairs. Due to ...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Red Florence Knoll Style Swivel Tilt Desk Chair by Fortress Furniture
Located in Ferndale, MI
I believe this is red ultra suede fabric on rolling chrome base. Very nice condition. Chair swivels and tilts. Manufactured by Fortress furniture of California. There are four availa...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Petite Sculptural Milo Baughman Tear Drop Swivel and Tilt Slipper or Club Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very rare original, mid century modern swivel and tilt petite arm chair attributed to Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. This unique item features a small sculpted frame with rolled an...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Leather and Iron Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This charming set of bar stools features soft leather seats and a rugged iron frame. With a simplistic design, these stools will fit into almost any decor while still adding their ow...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Iron

Set of Mid-Century Modern Plastic and Iron Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful set of five vintage modern swivel bar stools with plastic seats sculpted for optimal comfort. Sleek design with sturdy bent rod iron legs showing quality craftsmanship at i...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Iron

Barrel Swivel Lounge Chair
Located in Fulton, CA
Substantial swivel lounge chair made of solid butcher block. Perfect circular form with opening for seating. Very recent new upholstery. Reversible seat cushion. This is a finely cra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Oak

Beige Bouclé Fabric and Brass Finishes Swivel Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Welcoming swivel armchair in beige bouclé fabric with brass finishes.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Brass

Vintage Adrian Pearsall Scoop Wave Chaise Lounge Chair
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Adrian Pearsall wave lounge chair. Big enough to stand alone as a sofa like seating solution. Imagine yourself reclining in this Mid-Century Modern darling while watching one of your...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Pace by Directional Leon Rosen Style Swivel Chair, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A timeless pair of Pace by Directional Leon Rosen style swivel lounge chairs. Told by the past owner that this Fine pair of swivel arm chairs were purchased by pace and are by Leon R...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Kroehler Signature Design Black Swivel Bucket Lounge Chair
By Valentine Seaver, Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in Garnerville, NY
Koehler Signature Design black swivel bucket chair. Original black vinyl/naugahyde upholstery. Removable three part seat and back cushion. There is an extra cushion included upon pur...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Post Modern Swivel Tilt Desk Chair by Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Steelcase swivel, tilt, office or desk chair (s) having classic orange tweed fabric upholstered seats and backs, on dark gray exterior shells, black arms, chrome pedestal...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Ward Bennett Caned Desk Chair for Brickel Associates
Located in Round Rock, TX
Offered is a beautiful and rare fully caned desk chair designed by Ward Bennett, and produced by Brickel Associates. We have a total of four available. Featuring a sculpted, highl...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

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