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A relaxing corner in the house with a comfortable chair that will take the shape of your body feels like a mental health aid for me. If you love timeless design, chances are that a mid-century lounge chair will be right for you, no matter your decor style. So, in this post, I picked the most comfortable mid-century lounge chairs, from original designs (my favorites) to affordable inspirations. There are options for every room aesthetic: contemporary, minimal-chic, japandi, farmhouse, industrial, coastal, traditional, or rustic.
Mid Century Lounge Chairs With Flared Legs
37” Wide Mid Century Modern Tufted Armchair
According to many reviews on this chair, the wide seat is very comfortable. It’s an affordable option with classic flared legs in wood. It’s perfect for a reading nook or the bedroom and is available in different fabric colors.
Mid Century Modern Tripod Leather Chair & Ottoman
Heat and pressure molded plywood legs and body | 100% Genuine Italian leather seat and back (more fabrics available)
Here’s a mid-century lounge chair for lovers of unique furniture. The Tripod chair is a reproduction of the original 1963 Hans Wegner and is a work of art for people that are not boring.
Everything about this chair works to create an eyecatcher! Starting with the unusual 3 legs instead of 4. The exaggerated wide seat gives the impression that the chair is smiling (hence the Smile nickname). And because the mid-century design is all about the perfect combination between extraordinary beauty and comfort, the back seat of the Tripod chair is at the perfect angle to accommodate your tired body with the ultimate comfort. Worthy every penny.
Acapulco Yellow Outdoor Chair
PVC cord | Steel with black powder coated protective finish | Made in Mexico
The Acapulco Chair is a classic recognizable mid-century design and the CB2 version is an affordable inspiration. The yellow and orange is a novelty, perfect for not boring outdoors.
Metal Legs Mid Century Lounge Chair, West Elm
$699 – $1,698
This modern version of a classic lounge chair is a bestseller at West Elm. The sleek metal flared legs add a contemporary and sophisticated touch to the lounging chair. Green velvet is a powerful design trend, but West Elm has lots of fabric options.
Swivel Grand Repos Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Designed in 2011 by Antonio Citterio
If you feel like your house is your private Kingdon, so you deserve a lounge chair that is a throne. This swivel lounge chair is totally inspired by the mid-century school with the most modern integrated synchronized mechanism with a locking device. Meaning that you’re going to be very comfortable sitting on it.
Here is the Grand Repos Lounge Chair without the ottoman.
Original Design Mid Century Lounge Chairs
Disclaimer: The stores listed in this section are authorized dealers selling original mid-century modern lounge chairs.
Authentic Barcelona Chair
Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
I don’t have official data, but if I had to guess, it’s easy to say that the Barcelona chair is one of the most recognizable and replicated chairs in the history of modern civilization! This masterpiece of the modernist design movement is upholstered with 40 individual panels hand crafted and hand tufted one by one, creating a timeless aesthetic. It’s the ultimate combination of extra sleek structure with comfortable craftsmanship. The Barcelona Chair made such a name for itself that I don’t have to defend it. However, you may not know that this lady was designed in 1929, was the recipient of the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977, and you can have one in your house from now on.
Authentic Bertoia Bird Mid Century Modern Wire Lounge Chair, Knoll
Designed in 1952 by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
This amazing Bertoia chair is named Bird but it really feels like a nest, where you can cocoon yourself after, or during, a long day of work and enjoy your great company. It’s one of Harry Bertoia’s earliest works and is a staple piece from the American mid-century modern movement.
The ottoman is for sale separately.
Authentic Wassily Chair, Knoll
Designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer
Disruption and rebellion are often attractive, especially in the arts. How we feel about the new differentiates outliers from followers. When the young Marcel Breuer introduced his version of a club chair circa 1925, some people were so offended by the tubular structure that they jumped on it trying to destroy the newborn Wassily. Fortunately, groundbreaking ideas have been surviving barbarity for centuries. At the end of the day, the Bauhaus apprentice reinvented the classic club chair and planted seeds to change furniture design thinking. Of course, the Wassily is as comfortable and sturdy as it is iconic.
Authentic Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman, by Knoll
Designed in 1948 by Eero Saarinen
The Womb chair was born from a challenge between two legends. Florence Knoll dared the already iconic Eero Saarinen to design a chair so incomparably comfortable that one couldn’t resist but curly up on it. Et voilá: “A chair that was like a basket full of pillows.”
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Original Mid Century Design, Herman Miller
Made in USA
The Eames might be the most recognizable, stunning, and unique lounge chair from the Mid Century design movement. If you never seat on one, please, do it. It hugs you and comforts your body while you feel like being part of History. It’s my favorite and is on my top 3 dream furniture list for my married home with the Noguchi coffee table.
Herman Miller manufactures the Eames in the US and of course, you can expect their usual top-notch heirloom quality. Besides, it’s LEVEL Certified by BIFMA for environmentally preferable and socially responsible furniture.
Authentic Risom Lounge Chair with Arms – Outdoor Mid Century, Knoll
Designed in 1943 by Jens Rison
The Rison lounge chair is a staple from the mid-century modern movement inspired by Scandinavian design. The webbing is 100% natural cotton from Sunbrella performance fabric, so you can use it outdoors.
The ottoman is for sale separately.
Mid Century Lounge Chairs With Wood Frame
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Armchair with Rubberwood Frame
This beautiful lounge chair gives me cabin, industrial, chill, masculine, hipster, nostalgic feels. And I love pieces that are complex! It is made of a solid rubberwood frame with a stunning walnut finish. The seat and back upholstery are polyurethane leather with slight distressing.
Gray Strap Girona Outdoor Accent Chairs Set Of 2, World Market
If you love the Rison chair but you’re still working your way up to buying design furniture, take a look at this inspired set!
Mid-Century Modern Brooks Tan Leather Lounge Armchair
Wire-brushed oak | Top Grain Leather
With inspiration from the libraries of the 1940s, this leather and wood lounge chair is as comfortable as it is distinctive.
Circle 45″ Hoop Mid Century Lounge Chair, Kardiel
Solid hardwood frame
If you have no interest in boring furniture, this round lounge chair is one for very special houses. It looks like a handmade work of art and it is. The circular seat is deep so you can sink in to relax and manifest your next wonderful trip.
I do in-depth research for every post I write on The Mood Guide. Therefore, I read a lot about interior design and I love learning about the different movements and following outstanding architecture. And as much as I can find something I like about every style, mid-century modern furniture has my heart. I love how disruptive the movement was, but for me, it’s the timeless design. As a minimalist and someone who prefers quality over quantity, investing in time-proof furniture make sense to me. Also, I embrace changes and I know that my style shifts with my moods.
What do you think?