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Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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
Mid Century Wing Back Lounge Chairs in Nubby Boucle, 1960
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of high back wing lounge chairs, 1960. Fully restored. Newly reupholstered in textured nubby boucle with refinished walnut legs. Similar to Edward Wormley designs for Dunbar of ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Walnut

Large Grey Boucle Fabric Wingback Armchairs with Ergonomic Armrests, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome armchair. New upholstery in white boucle fabric.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood, Beech

White Boucle Fabric and Wooden Wingback Armchair, Italy, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome armchairs. New upholstery in white Boucle. We have a second identical chair here on the platform.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood, Beech

White Boucle Fabric and Wooden Wingback Armchair, Italy, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome armchairs. New upholstery in white Boucle. We have a second identical chair here on the platform.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood, Beech

Large Grey Boucle Fabric Wingback Armchair, Italy, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome large wingback armchair. New upholstery in grey Boucle fabric. Seat height 43cm, total height 99cm. Seat width 55cm, total width 77cm. Seat depth 60cm, total depth 83cm.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood, Beech

Mid-Century Armchairs in Teddy Fabric, 1950s, Set of 2
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Awesome armchair. New upholstery in white boucle fabric.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wood, Beech, Fabric

Danish Modern 1950s Highback Lounge Wing Chair Attributed to Fritz Hansen (V)
Located in Bridgeport, CT
This great elegant chair is in Denmark known as the "Jum Chair" based on a label it carries that also mentions patent 60296. The patent is believed to cover the set of springs on whi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Beech, Wool

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century 2231-C Wingback Chairs with Ottoman
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century 2231-C Wingback Chairs with Ottoman Each chair measures: 34.5 wide x 35 deep x 41.25 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height/chair clearance...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mogens Lassen Style Danish 1940s Large Highback Lounge Chair with Channeled Back
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Super charming 1940s high back lounge chair in the style of Mogens Lassen with very sculptural organic shape and harmonious proportions. Slightly splayed front legs typical of Lassen...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Midcentury Pair of Armchairs in Walnut by Paolo Buffa for Framar Made in Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Pair of wingback armchairs by Paolo Buffa with a wood frame in walnut and reupholstered in Italian blue wool. Paolo Buffa is an Italian designer and architect. He is one of the most...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Walnut

Tall Slim Frits Henningsen Style Highback Lounge Chair, Denmark 1950's
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very cool highback lounge chair with buttoned backrest made in Denmark around 1950. Beautiful harmonious proportions with a slim and tall silhouette and somewhat angular lines in the...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Teak

Vintage Leather Wingback Lounge Chair by Kai Bruun
By Kai Bruun, Sesame
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing vintage leather wingback lounge chair designed by Kai Bruun for Sesam Møbler in Denmark, circa 1960s. This chair, also known as Siesta, is a true ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Italian modern Bergere Armchair in black leather and wood, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Bergere Armchair in black leather and wood, 1970s Bergere armchair fully padded and covered in black leather. The high back features 5 buttons. The seat is made up of ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Danish Mahogany Wingback Easy Chair by Frits Henningsen, c. 1940's
Located in Norwalk, CT
Introducing an exquisite wingback easy chair by the legendary Frits Henningsen, a master of Danish design whose legacy continues to captivate enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Dati...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

1940 Green Ton Sur Ton Velvet Wingback Club Chair By Ilmari Lappalainen For Asko
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful wingback chair, model 'Laila' designed by Ilmari Lappalainen for Asko Finland in the 1950s. The chair is in overal good condition. Supports and sits very good. Reupholstered with the current green ton sur ton...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Original Genuine fully restored Featherston contour armchair R160 ottoman
Located in PORT MELBOURNE, AU
Product Description Title: Original Genuine fully restored Featherston contour armchair R160 with matching original ottoman Product Description Full: Well what can we say about thi...
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1960s Australian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Plywood

Danish Midcentury Highback Lounge Chair with Teak Armrests
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very cool Danish midcentury armchair in stained beech covered in wool and very representative of the easy chairs of the time designed by such icons as Ib Kofod-Larsen and Edvard Kind...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Teak

Wingback Lounge Chair in Reupholstered Bouclé Fabric, Praque 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Wing Back Lounge chair in Reupholstered Bouclé Fabric, Praque 1950s Large midcentury wingback armchair in re-upholstered bouclé fabric, Czech r...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Fritz Hansen Wingback Lounge Chair Danish Midcentury
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Classic Fritz Hansen high back lounge chair with open armrests designed by Soren Hansen and manufactured in the 1940s by Fritz Hansen. One of Fritz Hansen's most enduring designs ele...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Beech, Wool

Pair of Danish 1940s Style Large Scale High Back Lounge Chairs with Ottomans
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Pair of great large scale Danish club or lounge chairs of newer fabrication in the style of 1940's chairs but likely made around 2000. We found the chairs in Denmark and based on the looks they appeared to be 1940's but upon closer review we found them to be of much newer date. We liked the look and style very much and decided to offer them here. The chairs are superbly charming and similarly comfortable with a very strong presence to anchor any room. Raised on legs of oak. The chairs were made by Danish manufacturer, Hjort Knudsen...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Oak

Pair of Vintage Italian Leather Wing Back Armchairs
Located in London, GB
An incredibly stylish and well made pair of vintage Italian leather wing back armchairs. They were made in Italy, they date from the 1960’s. The quality is outstanding, they are a g...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Highland Wingback Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The highland wingback chair is a sculptural, wide-scale chair with a minimal metal base and down-wrapped seat cushion. The Lawson-Fenning Collection is designed and handmade in Los ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Metal

Early Mid-Century Soren Hansen for Fritz Hansen Wingback Lounge Chair
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Classic Fritz Hansen high back lounge chair with open armrests designed by Soren Hansen and manufactured in the 1940s by Fritz Hansen. One of Fritz Hansen's most enduring designs ele...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Beech, Wool

1950s wing back arm chair & ottoman extremely comfy solid make beech exc condit
Located in Kumhausen, DE
extremely comfortable Western German 1950s wing back arm chair + footstool in very good A++ condition solid beech high class firm spring upholstery please feel free to ask for a ...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

1960s Beech Wing Chair in Sheep Skin Fabric, Restored
Located in Praha, CZ
- carefully refurbished - newly upholstered in synthetic sheepskin fabric
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Sheepskin, Fabric, Beech

Fritz Hansen Model 1582 Wingback Lounge Chair in Beech & Leather, c. 1940's
Located in Norwalk, CT
The Model 1582 Wingback Chair by Fritz Hansen is a Danish Mid-Century masterpiece that encapsulates the sophistication and innovation of...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Teal & brown fabric 1950s highback armchair by Sala & Madini for Galimberti
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This sculptural highback armchair was designed by Emilio Sala and Giorgio Madini in the 1950s for the fratelli Galimberti furniture factory. The armchair has been completely reuphols...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wool, Wood

Lounge Chair Green Leather and Rosewood Attributed to Fredrik Kayser, Norway
Located in Bridgeport, CT
This very elegant lounge chair is unmarked but in terms of design bears many of the hallmarks of one of Norway's most iconic designers, Fredrik A. Kayser. This chair resembles Kayser...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Vintage Parker Knoll Wingback - Model PK988
Located in Tarleton, GB
Introducing the epitome of vintage sophistication – The Rare Chair Company proudly presents a meticulously restored vintage Parker Knoll Wingback Armchair...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Chenille, Walnut

Highland Wingback Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The highland wingback chair is a sculptural, wide-scale chair with a minimal metal base and down-wrapped seat cushion.  The Lawson-Fenning collection is designed and handmade in Los...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool

1960's Mid Century Modern Carved Faux Bamboo and Double Caned Wingback Chair
Located in Opa Locka, FL
c1960's Mid Century Modern Wingback Chair. Double Caned with Faux Bamboo styled statement Accent Chair. This is a room dominating exc...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Flamboyant White Wingback Chair
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Mid Century Modern Flamboyant White Wingback Chair. It features eccentric flaring arms in elegant white upholstery. Additional information: Mate...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Contemporary Wing Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Large scale Wingback Lounge Chairs with angular wings and button tufted channelled backs. The dark stained wood frames raised on square front legs and square splayed back legs. Uphol...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Adrian Pearsall Wingback Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Dive into a symphony of design and comfort with this exquisite pair of Adrian Pearsall Wingback Lounge Chairs. A testament to mid-century modern aesthetics, these chairs effortlessly...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Chrome

Fritz Hansen 1950s Wingback Chair Model 8023 in Teak Danish Midcentury
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Fantastic Danish midcentury wingback chair model 8023 designed by Fritz Hansen and first seen in Fritz Hansen's 1951 catalog. Very elegant design with a slim silhouette and a strong ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Mid-century Italian geometric shapes armchair Paolo Buffa Design in Walnut
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Peculiar high back armchair with ears typical Italian design of 194ì50, great designers created these shapes, Gio Ponti, Borsani, Ico parisi, Paolo Buffa , Melchiorre Bera, Gugliemo ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Nutwood

Italian Wingback Armchair in Red Velvet by Gio Ponti, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian wingback armchair in red upholstery by Gio Ponti. Gio Ponti high-back lounge chair with a slightly titled backrest that supports the seating posture, making them very comfort...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Brass

Danish Wingback Chair with Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Lejre, DK
Lounge chair upholstered in solid oak and sheepskin. Designed and made in Denmark.
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Sheepskin, Oak

H.W. Klein Lounge Chair in Black Leather Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
H.W. Klein for Bramin wingback chair, teak, leather, Denmark, 1950s. Sculptural lounge chair by Henry Walter Klein. This wingback cha...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Carlo Wingback Lounge Chair designed by Ib Kofod Larsen 1954
Located in Offenburg, Baden Wurthemberg
Carlo wingback lounge chair designed by Ib Kofod Larsen in 1954, for Carlo Gahrn. In Denmark. This editon was produced under license by Gelderland, in the Netherlands in the 1960ies....
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wood, Plywood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs in Bouclé, Italy 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
These mid-century modern Italian high-back chairs are exquisite examples of the timeless elegance that defines the era’s design in Italy. Crafted during the peak of the movement, the...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood, Fabric

Early Wingback Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, c. 1940s
Located in Dallas, TX
An extremely rare pair of early wingback chairs model no. 1038 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1940s. This set delivers an architectural silhouette - a tall back boasts ...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Armchair Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Italy - Made of teak wood, original upholstery - Partially restored - Good condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Danish Modern 1950s Highback Lounge Wing Chair With Wooden Wings
Located in Bridgeport, CT
This great elegant chair is in Denmark known as the "Jum Chair" based on a label it carries that also mentions patent 60296. The patent is believed to cover the set of springs on whi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Danish Wingback Chair with Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Lejre, DK
Lounge chair upholstered in solid oak and sheepskin. Designed and made in Denmark.
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Sheepskin, Oak

Giampiero Vitelli Wingback Chair in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giampiero Vitelli, lounge chair, plywood, wood, dark brown leather, Italy, 1960s Eye-catching Italian wingback chair that features curves and gracious forms by Giampiero Vitelli. Th...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Plywood, Leather, Wood

Leather Armchair & Ottoman Wingback Library Reading by LEE INDUSTRIES
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Oversized Top Grain Dis...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather

Pair Mid Century Modern Wingback Lounge Chairs Blue Grey Wool Upholstery MINT!
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair Mid Century Modern Oversize Wingback Lounge Chairs Blue Grey Wool Upholstery MINT! Very comfortable womb like style chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Oak

Vintage Danish Armchair in Velour, Great original condition, 1950's
Located in Zagreb, HR
This is a rare find, an original 1950s armchair, hardly used and in almost pristine original condition. It was handcrafted in the late 1950's in Scandinavia, possibly in Danmark. I...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Traditionally handcrafted wingback chair by Beaumont & Fletcher
Located in London, GB
Beaumont & Fletcher's handsome Theodore chair breathes new life into a classic design. Traditionally handcrafted in its English workshop, this exceptional piece of furniture has a hi...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Brass

Danish 1940s Flemming Lassen High Back Lounge Chair in Grey Shearling
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful Flemming Lassen attributed high back lounge chair made circa 1940. This iconic lounge chair is probably one of the most perfect high backs ever designed. Perfect statement ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Karl Nothhelfer very rare SET of 2 Wingback Armchairs & Sofa 1950s solid Cherry
Located in Kumhausen, DE
just beautiful SET of Sofa & 2 Wingback Armchairs by Prof. Karl Nothelfer - Designed in 1957 maker: Schörle & Gölz in Stuttgart - Bad Cannstatt solid Cherry Wood new upholstery and fabrics in 1998 according to last owner ( since then just in use for 2 years so upholstery is perfect ! ) Seatrests can be removed - and fixed by clips on belts - high class - measurements: easy chair is 70cm wide ~ sofa is 178cm wide both: seating height 40cm ~ seating depth: 57cm condition - all firm and in very good condition - no damages furniture have fully been accurately cleaned :: - 3 steps: A: air pistol - B: industrial hoover - C: latest Kärcher "wash&hoover" technology - woods have been polished several times note: please ask for shipping quote by sending us your postcode/destination Prof. Karl Nothelfer * 14 June 1900 ~~ + 20 May 1980 Since the beginning of the 15th century, the Nothelfer family of carpenters has been continuously resident in the former town of Überlingen without interruption. Every carpenter at that time mastered all the possibilities of woodworking: so did the Nothelfer. They could carpenter, even carve altars and figures, and set them in gold, silver and paint. (churches in Owingen and Hödingen]. Some family members lived and worked and worked in Hedingen or Hödingen,like today the jubilarian Karl Nothelfer (this in 1975). His father, Karl Anton Nothelfer, as the eldest of seven siblings, was able to take over his father's carpentry business in Überlingen. Karl Anton Nothelfer, the eldest of seven siblings, was unable to take over his father's carpentry business in Überlingen. He instead moved to the industrial town of Singen with his young wife Rosalie, née Hanner, from the from Hohenzollern in 1896 and moved to the former Poststraße and founded his own carpenter's workshop. He had a highsense of quality and form and was already a member of the German Werkbund before 1914. Karl Nothelfer and his three siblings grew up in such air. After attending school and the secondary school in Singen, the young Karl learned the carpenter's trade in his father's workshop then moved on to the Badische Landes-Kunstschule in Karlsruhe, where he studied architecture. At that time the well-known furniture professor also worked there Fritz Spannagel, born in Freiburg in 1891, who settled in 1938 at Ittendorf Castle near Meers- burg (died 1957). In 1928, the gifted young architect received a teaching assignment at the at the Karlsruhe School of Art, but followed his teacher Spannagel to Berlin in the same year. Berlin. Here he worked from 1928-1945 as a teacher - appointed professor in 1931 - at the Berlin Tischler-Schule, the later Bauschule für Raumgestaltung. The furniture he created in Berlin became internationally known through many exhibitions and lectures. nationally known and influential. His furniture creations ushered in a new era in German and a new era in German and European furniture design. At the world exhibition in Paris 1937 Prof. Nothelfer was awarded the Golden Medal for his work in the furniture sector. for his work in the furniture sector. A first summary and balance of his work on furniture is given in his standard work 1942 published standard work "Das Sitzmöbel", the first compendium of its kind in the world. world. In 1950 he published his second work "Furniture". Both books and a series of brochures were published by Verlag Otto Maier, Ravensburg. Karl Nothelfer continued to work intensively on the design of seating furniture in the years after 1945. In 1950 he succeeded in the important invention of the two-legged skid-base chair, which has been orthopedically - anatomically tested thousands of times - has become accepted all over the world today. Even the most distinguished American furniture companies such as Miller or Knoll-International use the skid as the main theme for desks and chairs. At the same time, N. had a groundbreaking in the redesign of German school furniture and seating for industry. industry. He succeeded in adapting his furniture forms, which originated in wood and handicraft, to the modern technical modern technical possibilities of the industry. He thus became the great refor- of schoolroom furnishings. The architect Nothelfer thinks about himself, that he made his main contribution in the field of seating furniture, although this was not was not really his profession. After the war, Prof. Nothelfer, like so many others, had to start all over again. He settled settled in his home town of Lake Constance in Hödingen in 1945 as a freelance architect and was and was involved in all areas of construction in the years after the war. As early as 1935, he had given many the example of American prefabricated buildings and recommended serial house and recommended it at a time when no one in Germany was even thinking about mass production. Now he developed he developed several types of mass-produced houses, which were manufactured in Baiersbronn. of which more than 800 houses were built in France alone (types Paris, Provence, Normandie). were built. At that time [1946], as part of the reparations in Strasbourg, there was an exhibition of houses with Swedish, Danish, and French designs. with Swedish, Danish, Finnish, English and German houses, where the French occupation for which 6 different types were sent from the French occupation zone, the Nothelfer's house type was considered the top of this exhibition. Karl Nothelfer was also involved in the development of chipboard. In 1946, together with others in Munich, he founded the first magazine "Bauen und Wohnen" ("Building and Living") after the war and remained its co-editor for many years. co-editor of this magazine for many years. By presenting his own work, he has here interpreted what the essence of the magazine wanted to be: Building, in order to live in it, in order to live as a human being and humanly in the built. Karl Nothelfer planned his houses furniture ground plan, from the need for living. In 1948 he was appointed honorary senator of the State Building school in Holzminden. Karl Nothelfer did not build much in Singen. The first post-war house was Haus Fahr on the slope of the Hohentwiel (Domäne); the building material came from a demolished log house that a French officer had built for himself on the Schie- nerberg. nerberg. In 1952, he also built the administration building of the aluminum rolling mill in Singen. rolling mills in Singen, with relief and wall painting by C. G. Becker. In Überlingen he built In Überlingen he built, among others, the Buchinger Sanatorium, the Riese+ Hähnel radio house and various reconstructions in the old town: Haus Kitt with the Glockenspiel, the Haus mit dem Bacchus in the Überlingen village, the Dolphin Fountain in Hödingen (1975). Probably the most beautiful Haus Nothelfers, the Haus Himmelheber, stands in Baiersbronn-Tonbach. On the airfield Mengen, Nothhelfer built the casino building with the 30 square meter faience painting Ikarus by C. G. Becker. In 1954 he founded a second office with architect Hans Schwingen in Düsseldorf. Office, which primarily fertilized the housing construction, true to the motto:from the inside to planning from the outside. The Minister of Housing awarded a prize to the best social housing in North Rhine- Westphalia; it was from the Nothelfer+Schwingen studio in Düsseldorf. Also the idea of new idea of home ownership was also promoted by Nothelfer+Schwingen. promoted by Nothelfer+Schwingen. On the occasion of the red jubilee of the law about condominium ownership Nothelfer gave a lecture in Essen in 1961 on condominium ownership in Europe (published as a brochure). published as a brochure]. From Düsseldorf, among many others, in the silk city...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric, Cherry

Chair Wingback Swedish 20th Century Brown Tufted, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Chair wingback Swedish 20th century brown tufted, Sweden. A larger wingback chair made during the 20th century in Sweden. Upholstered in a brown l...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wood

Orkney Island Midcentury Scottish Canopy Chair with Hand Woven Straw Back
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Scottish Orkney Island canopy chair from the mid 20th century with handwoven straw hooded back, rush seat, open serpentine arms, tapered legs and side stretchers. A charming Scotti...
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Mid-20th Century Scottish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Straw, Wood

1960s Wing Chair, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Newly upholstered - Carefully refurbished
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Fabric

Melchiorre Bega Attributed Italian Wingback Armchair in Grey Mohair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A mid century Italian armchair attributed to Melchiorre Bega. Wingback silhouette. Newly upholstered in a high pile plush grey mohair. Down seat cushion. Original wood feet. Sourced ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Mohair, Wood

Orkney Island Scottish Oak Wingback Chair with Two Drawers, Vintage
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage Scottish Orkney Island oak wingback chair with hand woven straw back, scrolling knuckles on the arms and two drawers in the lower section. A capti...
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Late 20th Century Scottish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Straw, Oak

High Back Lounge Chair Attributed to Flemming Lassen Denmark 1940's
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful Flemming Lassen attributed high back lounge chair made, circa 1940. This iconic lounge chair is probably one of the most perfect high backs ever designed. Perfect statement...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Beech

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