The Best Vintage-Looking Furniture Pieces on Amazon
These gorgeous furniture pieces on Amazon are all based on iconic designs from the last 100 years and can give your place a vintage touch at affordable prices.
If you have an eye for design, you're probably familiar with some of the most famous and iconic pieces of furniture that have appeared throughout history. Ranging from the Eames Chair to the Arco Floor Lamp, they're often sold for thousands of dollars at auction or on bespoke websites and serve as the gold standard to much of the furniture manufactured today. Only a lucky few can get their hands on these original pieces of history, as most of us don't have the budget or the access to afford them.
However, that doesn't mean you can't bring the look and feel of these pieces to your own home. To do that, we've found some vintage lookalikes on Amazon that pay homage to the most famous articles of furniture at attainable price points. For the most part, these pieces aren't direct dupes but elicit the feel of the iconic designs in both form and function. Many of these pieces, after all, have endured the passing of time for a reason: they often broke the rules of furniture design with innovative concepts to create beautiful, sturdy and long-lasting styles that still look modern (with a vintage touch, of course) to this day. Here are a few of the best options you can find online.
In the 1950s, midcentury modern furniture was the design choice, and is still popular today for the same reasons: It prioritizes both form and function, and its staple pieces are often as pragmatic and thoughtful as they are stylish and comfortable. A popular designer at the time, Vladimir Kagan, created the contour lounge chair around 1953, and it was defined by its wooden base and cushioned top. The original chair looked similar to this fun option with a walnut base and teal cushion. It's an affordable chair that'd be a nice homage to one of the most popular accent pieces of its time.
Klismos chairs first appeared in Ancient Greece in the 5th century but came back into fashion in the 20th century and updated for the time period. The defining characteristic is the tapered legs that curve outwards to offer stability. While these chairs from Amazon don't have as dramatic of a curve as the original models, these midcentury modern chairs have legs that taper slightly outwards as a nice homeage to the original design.
The white tulip dining table was created in the late 1950s by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen (who also designed the St. Louis Arch) to solve one of his furniture gripes: He did not like the legs of tables and that it was hard to see what was beneath them. This elegant table has a curved, singular base (like a tulip!) and is perfect for small spaces.
The 'egg chair' has changed a lot over the years and is now most recognizable as the swinging rattan options you might put on a patio. But one of the the originals was created in 1958 by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen and looked similar to the shape of this comfortable faux fur vanity chair. It's name comes from its curved shape, and it is built for comfort as it was designed to make you feel nestled as you sit on it.
The Parsons desk was created around the 1930s at the Parsons School of Design, and is recognizable by the fact that its legs are the exact width of the tabletop. The trends at the time leaned both modern and Art Deco, but this table still has a place in your office or entryway today. This option has one drawer and comes in a few different colors.
Cesca Chairs were created by Marcel Breuer and have been around for 90+ years but became popular in the late 1960s when an Italian furniture company bought the designs to all of his furniture. They renamed the chair after Breuer's daughter and they immediately skyrocketed to popularity, due to their unique design and shape. Today, they feel vintage but modern, and the rattan backs and velvet seats will look beautiful in any kitchen.
Hans Wegner designed hundreds of chairs during his time as a designer, but one of his most famous pieces came to be known as the Kennedy chair for its use during a 1960 debate by JFK himself. The chair itself is sturdy and unique and would look quite, ahem, presidential in a study or office.
Perhaps the most famous chair in design history, the Eames lounge chair has been around for more than 50 years and typically costs more than $7,000. It was created in 1956 using technology that bent thin pieces of wood veneer together, and is ergonomically designed to be one of the most comfortable chairs in the world. If you don't have the thousands of dollars to spare (who does?), this is a wonderful option to get the look of the iconic style on a budget.
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This unique coffee table is as simple and beautiful as it was in 1944 when it was created by Isamu Noguchi. This homage to the original, which goes for thousands of dollars today, features the same curved, sturdy glass top and unique wooden bottom. The glass can hold up to 220 pounds, so this option is incredibly well made.
The Barcelona chair is known for its curved metal frame and cushiony top and was originally created for the King and Queen of Spain in the 1920s. For a chair that was designed 100 years ago, the look is still modern and fresh and would make a lovely accent chair in a living room. This tufted faux leather option will go with most decor.
Another Eames classic, the original chairs were the first industrially manufactured chairs. Designed in 1950, the were made from one piece of plastic and fiberglass and molded to a comfortable shell shape. Now, they're still a design staple and an affordable way to add a pop of color and a touch of history to a kitchen table.
This lamp is based on the Arco floor lamp, which was designed by Achille Castiglioni and his brother Pier Giacomo in 1962. Its unique shape makes it versatile to place anywhere, and it's retro enough to add interest without being kitschy. This one comes in a number of finishes, like rose gold and silver.