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Scandinavian Wooden Armchair with Cord Webbing, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Danish; Scandinavia; Scandinavian Design; Denmark; Wooden Armchair; Cord Webbing; 1960s
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Cord, Wood

Scandinavian Wooden Armchair with Cord Webbing, 1960s
Scandinavian Wooden Armchair with Cord Webbing, 1960s
No Reserve
H 32.29 in W 30.71 in D 27.96 in
Vintage Cord Woven Chair, Denmark, 1960s
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Solid wood frame in oak with woven organic cord seat and back. Made in Denmark in 1960s.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Cord, Wood

Vintage Cord Woven Chair, Denmark, 1960s
Vintage Cord Woven Chair, Denmark, 1960s
H 27.56 in W 19.69 in D 23.63 in
Canva Chair, Occasional Chair in Blackened Ash with Handwoven Danish Cord
By Carter Ellis
Located in Chattanooga, TN
handwoven seat, the Canva Chair is artisan-crafted from recyclable paper cord, and sustainably harvested Ash
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Walnut

Set of 4 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Dining Chairs in Oak&Paper Cord
By K. Knudsen & Son, E. Knudsen
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
the seats of Danish chairs since the 1940s, but in the 1950s and 1960s paper cord became most
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Set of 6 Niels Otto Moller 1951 Dining Chairs with Original Blue Cord
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in London, GB
This set of six dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller with original blue cord was designed in 1951 and
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cord

Rainer Daumiller Set of Four Dining Chairs in Solid Pine and cord Seating Sweden
By Rainer Daumiller
Located in Almelo, NL
Rainer Daumiller Set of Four Dining Chairs in Solid Pine and Cord Seating, Sweden 1970s These four
Category

Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cord, Pine

Set of Six Hans Wegner Teak CH23 Chairs in Danish Cord by Carl Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in San Diego, CA
This chair is an excellent example of why Wegner's designs have set the standard. This set of 6
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cord, Teak

Scandinavian modern dining chairs 'Asserbo' by Børge Mogensen, Sweden, 1960s
By Børge Mogensen
Located in Eskilstuna, SE
Set of four dining chairs 'Asserbo' designed by Børge Mogensen and produced by the Swedish company
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Seagrass, Pine

Chair, Woven Danish Cord, Walnut, Hardwood, Mid Century, Dining, Office, Semigood
By Semigood Design
Located in Issaquah, WA
listing is for a Rian High Back Chair in Walnut with Natural Danish Cord. Our Rian Cantilever collection
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Ch...

Materials

Cord, Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Set of 6 Teak Dining Chairs Model 75
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian set of 6 teak dining chairs model 75. Danish paper cord seat newly
Category

Vintage 1960s French Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Teak

Reclining Lounge Chair in Blackened Oak& Natural Danish Cord, Leather Cushions
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Pair of Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Niels Moller Model 71 Teak & Danish Cord Dining Chairs, 1960's
By Neils O. Möller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fantastic pair of Niels O. Møller Model 71 chairs dining chairs. Sculptural hardwood teak frame and
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cord, Teak

Rainer Daumiller Dining Chairs in Pine and Paper Cord, 1970s
By Rainer Daumiller
Located in Morazzone, Varese
seats are completed with danish paper cord in very good condition. Please note that these chairs are in
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Pine

Reclining Lounge Chair in Oiled Oak& Natural Danish Cord with Leather Cushions
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Custom-Made Handwoven Reclining Lounge Chair in Solid Oak& Natural Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chair FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Lounge Chair in Oiled Oak& Black Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chair FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Custom Made Lounge Chairs in Blackened Oak& Natural Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Pair of Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Reclining Lounge Chair in Blackened Oak& Black Danish Cord with Leather Cushions
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Custom-Made Reclining Lounge Chair in Blackened Oak and Natural Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Custom-Made Handwoven Reclining Lounge Chair in Blackened Oak& Black Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Hans J Wegner, CH25 Easy Chair, Carl Hansen & Son, Scandinavian Modern /Mid1900s
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Iconic CH25 chair in oak and cord designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cord, Oak

Rainer Daumiller Dining Chairs in Pine and New Paper Cord, 1970s
By Rainer Daumiller
Located in Morazzone, Varese
seats are renewed with danish paper cord in excellent condition. Please note that these chairs are in
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Pine

Niels Otto Moller 1962 Dining Chair with Original Blue Wool Cord
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in London, GB
This dining chair with arms by Niels Otto Moller with original blue wool woven cord seats is in
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Wegner J16 Rocking Chair - Oiled Walnut/Natural Paper Cord by Hans J. Wegner
By Fredericia, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Dubai, AE
Hans J. Wegner showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object, and J16 was one of
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Walnut

Wegner J16 Rocking Chair - Black Lacquer Oak/Natural Paper Cord by HansJ.Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Fredericia
Located in Dubai, AE
Hans J. Wegner showed an early interest in the rocking chair as a design object, and J16 was one of
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

“Ringstol” by Illum Wiikkelsø for Niels Eilersen in Beechwood and Cord, 1950s
By Illum Wikkelsø, Niels Eilersen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
original vintage condition “Ringstol” by Illum Wiikkelsø for Niels Eilersen in Beechwood and Cord, Denmark
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cord, Beech

Pair of Custom-Made Reclining Lounge Chairs in Oiled Oak& Black Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Pair of Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Custom-Made Lounge Chair in Solid Oak& Black Danish Cord with Leather Cushions
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in Sustainable
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Custom-Made Reclining Lounge Chairs in Blackened Oak& Black Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Pair of Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Scandinavian Dining Chairs, Set of 4, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Set of 4 Scandinavian dining chairs with paper cord seats. Beautiful, quality dining chairs with
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood

Pair of Custom-Made Lounge Chairs in Oiled Oak and Handwoven Natural Danish Cord
By Studio180degree
Located in London, GB
Pair of Custom-Made Handcrafted Reclining Eco Lounge Chairs FENDRIK by Studio180degree Shown in
Category

21st Century and Contemporary English Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 6 Dining chairs by EMC Møbler, Teak and Paper Cord
By EMC Furniture
Located in Ranst, VAN
Set of six vintage dining chairs manufactured EMC Møbler, Denmark 1960s. These chairs have a teak
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Teak

1960s Niels Otto Møller Six Rosewood Dining Chairs with New Paper Cord Seats
By J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik, Niels Otto Møller
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Niels Otto Møller six rosewood dining chairs with new paper cord seats designed by Niels Otto
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rosewood

Architects Friis & Moltke dining chairs Denmark 1970, solid pine and paper cord.
By Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Chapo
Located in København K, 84
A set of 4 original and very rare 1970s modernist dining chairs in solid pine and paper cord by the
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Pine

Hans Wegner Rocking Chair Model J16 in Painted Beech with Woven Paper Cord Seat
By Hans J. Wegner, FDB Møbler
Located in Baambrugge, NL
Wonderful model J16 rocking chair by the Scandinavian Hans Wegner for FDB Møbler, designed in 1944
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

2020 CH37 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen Beech Natural Paper Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
frame, painted black with a natural paper cord seat. The chair dates to circa 2020 and is guaranteed as
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

2020 CH37 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen in Beech & Paper Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
cord seats. These chairs date to circa 2020 and are guaranteed as authentic. Condition is excellent
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Papercord

Set of 12 Niels Otto Moller 1958 Dinings Chairs with Original Grey Wool Cord
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in London, GB
This set of twelve dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller with original grey wool woven cord seats is
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Set of 8 Niels Otto Moller 1958 Dinings Chairs with Original Blue Wool Cord
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in London, GB
This set of eight rosewood dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller with original blue wool woven cord
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

10 Niels Otto Møller 'Model 75' Chairs in Teak and Danish Paper Cord, 1960s
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in Hellouw, NL
Model 75 is one of Niels Otto Møller's first dining room chairs in the "new modern" series. Since
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Teak

2020 CH46 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen Black Oak and Paper Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Denmark. The chair is made with a black solid oak frame and black paper cord seat. This chair dates to
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

2021 CH23 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen in Oil Oak and Paper Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
. The chair is made with a solid and oiled oak frame with natural paper cord seat. The chair dates to
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

2021 CH46 Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen in Oil Oak with Paper Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
chair is made with a solid oak frame, oiled, with a natural paper cord seat. This chair dates to circa
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Midcentury Karen Margreta Imports of Corona Del Mar Teak & Sisal Chairs
By Niels Otto Møller
Located in Tucson, AZ
Beautiful midcentury teak and sisal seat chairs. These were commissioned by Karen Margreta Imports
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Cord, Teak

Chairs Attributed to Helge Vestergaard-Jensen by Cabinetmaker Thysen Nielsen
By Helge Vestergaard-Jensen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Unique chairs attributed to Helge Vestergaard-Jensen. Produced by cabinetmaker Thysen Nielsen in
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Nylon, Cord, Cherry

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Rocking Chair Model J16 by Hans Wegner for Fred
By Hans J. Wegner, Fredericia
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian rocking chair model J16 by Hans Wegner for Fredericia. New edition
Category

Vintage 1940s Scandinavian Rocking Chairs

Materials

Beech

Ikea White Rocking Chair, Lounge Chair, Model Axvall by Niels Gammelgaard, 2002
By IKEA, Niels Gammelgaard
Located in Schagen, NL
From the PS series Ikea produced this lounge/rocking chair, which was designed by Niels Gammelgaard
Category

Early 2000s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Ringstol Lounge Chair by Illum Wikkelsø
By Illum Wikkelsø
Located in San Diego, CA
the danish cord. This chair is very comfortable and would make an amazing reading chair for a library
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cord, Beech

1950s Oak Rope Scandinavian Danish Dining Chair Cabin Architect Rustic Farmhouse
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A rare and wonderful pair of reinvented shaker spindle backed chairs with rush woven seats by FDB
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

Swedish Armchair with Seat in Paper Cord, 1940s
Located in Lejre, DK
Swedish armchair. Designed and made in Sweden, great original condition.
Category

Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

Gallagher Lounge Chair Maple Natural Leather
Located in Cincinnati, US
Simple, minimal and clean lounge chair.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cord, Wood

Canva Chair, Occasional Chair in White Oak with Handwoven Danish Chord
By Carter Ellis
Located in Chattanooga, TN
handwoven seat, the Canva Chair is artisan-crafted from recyclable paper cord, and sustainably harvested
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Walnut

Fritz Hansen Lounge Chair Model #1672
By Fritz Hansen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Fritz Hansen lounge chair model #1672 A large scale lounge chair by Fritz Hansen upholstered in a
Category

Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Oak

'Shanghai' Chair by Norr11, Black Oak, Natural Rattan
By Norr11
Located in Paris, FR
Scandinavian chair 'Shanghai' by Norr11 Designed by Rune Krojgaard & Knut Bendik Humlevik, 2011
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Rattan, Oak

Helge Vestergaard-Jensen Lounge Chair by Cabinetmaker Peder Pedersen in Denmark
By Helge Vestergaard-Jensen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Very rare lounge chair designed by Helge Vestergaard-Jensen. Produced by cabinetmaker Peder
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Nylon, Cord, Oak

Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen Wishbone Dining Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Springfield, OR
A fantastic set of 4 Hans Wegner designed wishbone chairs for Carl Hansen. These have been restored
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cord, Beech

Gallagher Lounge Chair Oak Wood and Grey Felt
Located in Cincinnati, US
Simple, minimal and clean lounge chair.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Felt, Synthetic, Cord, Wood

'Shanghai' Chair by Norr11, Light Smoked Oak, Natural Rattan
By Norr11
Located in Paris, FR
Scandinavian chair 'Shanghai' by Norr11 Designed by Rune Krojgaard & Knut Bendik Humlevik, 2011
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Rattan, Oak

'Shanghai' Chair by Norr11, Light Smoked Oak, Papercord Natural
By Norr11
Located in Paris, FR
Scandinavian chair 'Shanghai' by Norr11 Designed by Rune Krojgaard & Knut Bendik Humlevik, 2011
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Papercord

1940's Eva Chair by Bruno Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic vintage Eva chair by Bruno Mathsson from the early 1940's. Labelled with the designer year
Category

Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

1940's Eva Chair by Bruno Mathsson
1940's Eva Chair by Bruno Mathsson
H 33 in W 19.3 in D 26.7 in
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Scandinavian Cord Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of Scandinavian cord chairs is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique Scandinavian cord chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, cord and hardwood. Scandinavian cord chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Scandinavian cord chairs bearing Scandinavian Modern or Mid-Century Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Large Scandinavian cord chairs can prove too imposing for some spaces, so the smaller Scandinavian cord chairs available at 1stDibs — each spanning 16.5 inches in width — may make for a better choice. Niels Otto Møller, Hans J. Wegner and J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik each produced beautiful Scandinavian cord chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Scandinavian Cord Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $3,867, while they’re typically $399 on the low end and $91,985 highest priced.

A Close Look at Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with vintage Scandinavian modern furniture was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

ORIGINS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN 

CHARACTERISTICS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries
  • Use of natural materials — native woods such as pine, ash and beech
  • Open, airy spaces
  • Promotion of functionality
  • Emphasis on craftsmanship; rooted in cabinetry profession and traditional construction techniques
  • Minimal ornamentation (little to no embellishment)
  • A neutral or light color palette owing to prominence of light woods

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of Scandinavian design appear in the furnishings and decor created by Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Greta Magnusson Grossman and Bruno Mathsson — creators of the classic Grasshopper lighting series and Berlin daybed, respectively — but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the 1920s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced pieces in the Scandinavian style based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair, created in collaboration with his first wife, Aino. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

Today, decades after their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight, and interior designers all over the world use their pieces to bring warmth to any given space.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern chairs, sofas, rugs and tables — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. 

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Scandinavian Cord Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can cord a Hans Wegner peacock chair in a number of ways. Traditionally, the chair featured an over-under weave created by first wrapping the seat with vertical pairs of cord running from the back to the front. Then, artisans worked horizontally, pulling the cord through the vertical pairs. However, you can find many other patterns to try online. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Hans Wegner peacock chairs.