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Decades have proven that mid-century modern style is an enduring one. Classic pieces from that era still fetch a pretty penny, and contemporary retailers are still designing furniture inspired by the iconic designs of the 1950s and '60s, which is a testament to the fact that those pieces still look great in today's homes.
Finding the best MCM piece can sometimes feel like a treasure hunt, with lots of vintage, brand new, and slightly used items in the mix to consider. This is especially true for a keystone purchase like a sofa, which could make or break your MCM living room (and possibly your budget).
We rounded up the absolute best places to start your search for the perfect mid-century modern sofa, including fancy antique dealers who can offer the real thing and some much more affordable brands that are doing a great job of offering MCM style for a lot less.
AllModern is Wayfair's sister site, and it unsurprisingly has a big selection of modern sofas, including some really great budget-friendly options. Loveseats start at under $500, and there are plenty of sofa options under $1,000. Pretty much all of AllModern’s sofas fall within the MCM design style, with some standouts looking like authentic vintage pieces. AllModern also has lots of options in tweed, twill, leather, and velvet, making it one of the best sources for an MCM sofa if you’re looking to add a new texture to your space.
Burrow has made waves in the furniture world since it launched in 2016, and their range of mid-century modern sofas is definitely worth checking out. The brand now has two collections, both of which include modular sofas that can be customized by fabric (leather and velvet are now available), leg finish, arm style, and cushion style. You can also add on ottomans, chaises, and lumbar pillows to complete the look. It's not cheap, but also not nearly as expensive as other brands.
"Burrow is known for its modular design, and the Nomad sofa is one of their most popular pieces of furniture. The seats connect using a latch mechanism on the bottom. Then I added the arms, backs, and legs, and voila! The sofa was complete." — Katie Begley, Product Tester
Amazon might be your go-to for smaller everyday essentials, but it should also be on your radar if you're shopping for a mid-century modern sofa. The site's furniture section is unsurprisingly vast, but you can narrow it down by searching for just sofas or by filtering just mid-century pieces. Amazon's inventory includes plenty of big-name brands, including Novogratz and Zinus, but be sure to check out Amazon's in-house brands as well. In particular, Rivet (view at Amazon) is full of budget-friendly mid-century pieces.
If you’re looking for a mid-century sofa ASAP, then Apt2B might be your best bet. They have lots of options in stock and ready to ship (for free!) in three to five days. There are lots of classic MCM-inspired designs, and also plenty of sleepers and reclining sofas if you need some extra features. If you live in a tiny space, check out the impressive range of apartment sofas and loveseats, which are small in size but big on style.
Kardiel specializes in small batch manufacturing, and also collaborates with designers to create pieces that blend the modern look with contemporary Scandi style. Their collection has some pretty chic options, including plenty of statement pieces that make use of unusual silhouettes, eye-catching fabrics (like velvet and boucle), and gorgeous colors.
While Joybird does have sofas in pretty much every style, their MCM-inspired designs are some of the best. There are some really affordable options that are big on style, as well as some classic options that feature all the hallmarks of mid-century sofa design, like button tufting and tapered legs. Joybird also stands out for having a wide variety of sizes and sofa types, including sleepers, sectionals, modular sofas, and apartment sofas.
"Joybird offers a ton of colors, ranging from understated grays to bold greens and blues. In terms of fabric texture, there’s everything from knit velvet to performance textured chenille and woven yarn—although not all colors are available in all fabrics. There are even special pet-friendly options." — Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
Looking for something totally customizable (and sustainably-made)? Inside Weather sells a range of custom sofas, many of which are inspired by mid-century design. There are nine sofas to choose from—once you pick your style, you get to customize configuration, upholstery, arm style, pillow and cushion shape, and base style, as well as extras like throw pillows or memory foam cushioning. Even better? Everything is made in the U.S. and you have a 365-day trial period to be sure you love your sofa.
If you really want something one-of-a-kind, you can do some digging to find an authentic mid-century sofa from the '50s or '60s. 1stDibs has a pretty incredible selection of MCM sofas on offer, all from vetted dealers. And while some are over $100K, there are also quality finds that are surprisingly affordable. While 1stDibs is an excellent source for discovering vintage pieces, you’ll want to act fast since turnover for popular styles is pretty quick.
Industry West’s approach to design can be summed up as mid-century, but more modern. If you're looking for sleek, high-end sofas, Industry West offers some gorgeous pieces with features like on-trend rattan and high-quality leather. All of their sofas are sophisticated yet approachable, and there's a nice selection of stylish loveseats that are great for smaller MCM-inspired spaces.
If Castlery isn’t on your radar yet, you should definitely check out their sofa selection—especially if you’re in the market for a mid-century piece. The brand has lots of mid-century furniture for the whole home, and pricing is delightfully affordable with some sofas under $1,000. While the mid-century seating selection isn't as vast, there are a few classic sofas and sectionals to choose from—although take note that the return window is a short 14 days.
Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach is the ultimate source for reproductions of iconic MCM pieces, including designs by Knoll and Eames. If you want a classic (but brand new) sofa that’s been constructed according to its original design, DWR is pretty much the best place to find one. Prices are steep, but that's to be expected when you're buying furniture that doubles as art.
Article has some classic, MCM-inspired sofa designs upholstered in performance fabrics, leather, and also some really luscious velvets. Prices are reasonable, especially compared to similar styles at higher-end retailers, and delivery is free if you spend over $999—which isn't hard to do with a big furniture piece. If you’re looking for a sofa that’s practical, affordable, and stylish, Article is one of the best sources.
"The sofas and other items are elevated, modern, and look a lot like the expensive furniture at higher-priced retailers [...]. Article specializes in Scandinavian style pieces, and with its crisp lines, tufted seat cushion, walnut legs, and matching round bolsters, the Sven Sofa is definitely mid-century modern." — Deanna McCormack, Product Tester
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