Style inspiration: Make a decor statement with one of these mid-century modern armchair styles!
To that end, if you’d like to incorporate a mid-century modern armchair (or several!) into your home decor, you’ll find you have no end of gorgeous options. In fact, once you start browsing the possibilities, it can be tempting to just go full-on MCM throughout your home!
However, unless your goal is to create an atomic age time-capsule (which, honestly, is an endeavor we here can fully support!), many interior designers suggest incorporating mid-century modern furniture and other pieces artfully into an overall modern aesthetic.
To help you make your selections, we looked through hundreds of chairs, and assembled a collection of iconic mid-century modern armchairs we count among our favorites.
Whether you’re hoping to find the perfect chair for your living room, family room or bedroom, here’s a buying guide with our recommendations for seating that reflects an elegant and timeless retro vibe. -BB
- Space-Age Swivel Chair with Bowed Seat
- Low-Profile Linen Fabric Accent Chair with Tufted Back
- Retro Elicia Velvet Hunter Green Club Chair
- Comfortable Upholstered Armchair with Colorful Rhombus Fabric
- Amoeba Swivel Chair & Ottoman
- Alyssa Mid-Century Upholstered Armchair
- Retro Aida Velvet Yellow Club Chair
- Aasen Silky Velvet Tufted Accent Chair with Ottoman
- Engage Armchair with Ottoman
- Mid-Century Modern Armchair with Open Sides
- Atomic Moss Woodrow Box Fabric Chair
- Rhodes Tufted Armchair
You can probably imagine George Jetson relaxing in one of these sassy sixties-style swivel seats! With a bright blue bowed seat and space-age silver pedestal, this mid-century modern armchair is pretty much peak retro-futuristic furniture.
This pale beige chair has a modern design with a few touches that keep it from looking too boxy. After you assemble it (the legs come inside the chair), it makes a sturdy and spacious seating addition to any room.
Featuring that iconic modern scoop style with amoeba-shaped armrests, this chair is a midcentury-style masterpiece that's made in the modern day.
The only patterned chair in the set! While some other armchairs are available with multicolored fabric upholstery, this overlapping triangles/diamonds material is one of the few that really looked like it could have been seen in a home back in the midcentury era.
It's that famous retro space-age blobby amoeba shape in a completely groovy mid-century armchair - which even has a matching ottoman!
Comfort, plushiness, and an awesome vintage design - all in one stand-out piece of furniture. This chair will get people talking (in a good way).
Although a little more angular than some of the other mid-century modern armchairs made today, this still says "retro" loud and clear! It's upholstered in a canary yellow velvet, and the metal legs are capped in a golden color.
This good lookin' chair combines traditional design (like those little button tufting accents on the inside back) with a modern curvy wingback design for that retro zing. The four splayed legs holding it up have a warm oak finish that pairs perfectly with any color upholstery.
Here is a total classic midcentury modern staple! This comfy, squared-off chair on pointy wooden legs comes with a perfectly matched ottoman.
We just love the retro cantilevered chair look, and this accent chair does it especially well. While it's not super-soft, it's still comfortable and sturdy. (See a similar version in an authentic retro home here!)
This gorgeous piece of modern handmade furniture features both vintage-style tailored twill fabric and American walnut. The chair is button-tufted, and while it looks boxy, there's actually a subtle angle that makes it a comfortable seat - not just a trendy one.
This small and simple mid-century modern armchair was a hugely popular style in the 1950s and 1960s, and was a trendy addition to thousands of living rooms.
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