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Near Pair Mid Century Scandinavian Reclining Elm Chairs
Located in Troy, MI
Near pair mid century Scandinavian Reclining elm chairs This mid century near pair of
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Elm

Scandinavian Elm Lounge Chair with New Soft Orange Kvadrat Wool Fabric
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Vienna, AT
Light and elegantly shaped Danish modern lounge chair. It´s shape is very close to the nursing
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Nanna Ditzel style lounge chairs elm and wool Denmark 1960
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful pair of Scandinavian lounge chairs in the style of Nanna Ditzel, Denmark 1960. It´s shape
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Elm Lounge Chair
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Elm Danish modern lounge chair, circa 1960's. Unique chair, curvy arms that are echoed in the body
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Elm

Danish Modern Elm Lounge Chair
Danish Modern Elm Lounge Chair
H 33 in W 24 in D 27 in
Arne Wahl Iversen ST-750 Chair in Elm, 1960s Denmark
By Arne Wahl Iversen
Located in Balen, BE
chair is made from solid elm, even the round backrest and arms are one solid piece of elm that was steam
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Elm

Gemla Diö, Lounge Chair, Elm, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
By Gemla
Located in High Point, NC
An elm and brown fabric lounge chair produced by Gemla Diö, Sweden, c. 1940s. Seat height: 18”
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Elm

Set De 4 Chairs, Scandinavian Design, 1970
Located in Saint ouen, FR
4 chairs - Scandinavian design solid elm Circa 1970 Measures: W49 x D47 x H96 cm Seat height
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Vintage 1970s European Other Chairs

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Elm

Set De 4 Chairs, Scandinavian Design, 1970
Set De 4 Chairs, Scandinavian Design, 1970
H 37.8 in W 19.3 in D 18.51 in
Pair of Swedish Elm Bentwood Chairs in the Style of Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful pair of Swedish side or dining chairs in the style of Alvar Aalto. Measures: SH 18 SD
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Elm, Bentwood

Series of 6 Swedish chairs in Elm and black Skai by Yngve Ekstrom for Gemla 1960
By Yngve Ekström, Gemla
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Pretty Scandinavian chairs. In the same spirit as the superleggera chair by Gio Ponti, these very
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Elm

Danish Set of Eight Dining Chairs in Leather and Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of eight dining chairs, elm, leather, metal, Denmark, 1950s Imbued with timeless elegance and
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

David Bromberg designed Swedish Art Deco pair of Elm lounge chairs
By David Blomberg
Located in New York, NY
A fine pair of Swedish art deco elm wood lounge chairs detail with strips of mahogany veneer
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Elm, Mahogany

David Blomberg designed Swedish Art Deco pair of elm lounge chairs
By David Blomberg
Located in New York, NY
A fine pair of Swedish art deco elm wood lounge chairs detail with strips of mahogany veneer
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

GM4175 Gepard Lounge Chair, Elm, Naver Select Leather, Design by Henrik Lehm
By Gramrode Møbelfabrik
Located in Juelsminde, DK
appearance. The Gepard Lounge chair is made with rails in oak, ash, elm, walnut and in a black stained
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Rare 1940s Danish Modern Lounge Chair in Elm by Søren Hansen for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Søren Hansen
Located in København K, 84
Rare Danish Modern Lounge Chair in Elm designed by Søren Hansen, who was a relative and part owner
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Elm

Francesco Lucianetti, Lounge Chairs in Leather & Elm, Italian Modern, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
These amazing lounge chairs and ottomans, crafted in the 1960s by the visionary Italian architect
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Elm

Sven Staaf Easy Chair in Pierre Frey Linen and Elm, Almgren & Staaf, Sweden 1953
By La Maison Pierre Frey, Almgren & Staaf, Sven Staaf
Located in The Hague, NL
and slightly outward bending back legs are in solid elm wood. The chair has been completely
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Elm, Fabric, Linen, Upholstery

Eric Bertil Karlén Pair of Lounge Chairs in Ivory Linen and Elm, Sweden, 1940s
By Firma Rumsinteriör, Eric Karlén
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare pair of lounge chairs was designed by Eric Bertil Karlén and produced by his company
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Wood, Elm

Scandinavian Modern rattan side chair by Margareta Köhler, Futurum, Sweden, 1940
By Futurum, Margareta Köhler
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely side chairs by Margareta Köhler, made from lacquered elm, with rounded forms. Rattan backs
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Rattan, Elm

Rare Scandinavian Modern Sofa by Wilhelm Schauman Oy, 1940s/1950s
Located in Helsinki, Uusimaa
Rare Scandinavian Modern sofa by Wilhelm Schauman Oy from the 1940s/1950s. Elm frame, re
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Elm

Set of Six Frits Schlegel 'Husum' Chairs in Elm, Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1930s
By Frits Schlegel, Fritz Hansen
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare set of six dining chairs was designed by the Danish designer and architect Frits Schlegel
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Elm, Bentwood

Set Of 8 Swedish Empire Flaming Tiger Elm Wood Dining Room Chairs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of 8 Swedish Biedermeier flaming tiger elm wood dining room chairs. Original removable sits
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Biedermeier Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Elm

Scandinavian Modern Erik Chambert Set of Four Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern group of four solid mahogany dining chairs with back panels veneered in walnut
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Chairs Produced in Scandinavia
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare pair of chairs by unknown designer. Produced in Scandinavia.
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Elm

Chairs Produced in Scandinavia
Chairs Produced in Scandinavia
H 31.11 in W 12.41 in D 16.15 in
Set of 6 French Mid Century Naturalist Woven Highback Chairs in Solid Elm, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 6 stunning French mid century naturalist woven highback chairs in solid elm, 1960s. Clearly
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Elm

Danish wingback armchair with off-white canvas, Niger leather details, elm legs
By Grete Jalk
Located in DK
(1917-1987). The legs are of elm. Seat, back and sides are upholstered with light fabric including Niger
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Elm

Pair of Sune Lindström chairs for NK, Sweden, 1960s
By Sune Lindström
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful pair of folding chairs with brown fabric by Sune Lindström. produced during the 1960s by
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Elm

Gold / Brown Jacquard Velvet with Elm Armrest Lounge Chair in Fritz Hansen Style
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Absolutely beautiful and complete original Scandinavian lounge / club chair in the style of Fritz
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Beech

Pair 1940s Two Tone Velvet Lounge Chairs with Elm Armrests in Fritz Hansen Style
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Absolutely beautiful and complete original pair Scandinavian lounge / club chairs in the style of
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Beech

Art Deco Two Tone Velvet Lounge Chair with Elm Armrests in Fritz Hansen Style
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Absolutely beautiful and complete original Scandinavian lounge / club chair in the style of Fritz
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Pair Of Mid Century Scandinavian Elm Windsor Chairs
Located in Dorchester, GB
lovely pair of Scandinavian Windsor chairs, dating from the 1950s made from beech and elm. Good
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Elm

Kay Otto Fisker Wingback Lounge Chair
By Kay Fisker
Located in San Francisco, CA
Kay Otto Fisker design wing chair, newly refinished and upholstered in Maharam Nanna Ditzel wool. A
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Elm

Swedish Midcentury Wingback Lounge Chair in Sheepskin
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful wingback lounge chair, produced in Sweden, circa 1950. With a simple, organic design and
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin, Elm

Danish 1940s Lounge Chairs with Elmwood Armrests
By Slagelse Mobelvaerk, Kerstin Horlin Holmquist
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful and very unique Danish 1940s lounge chair with nicely carved armrest in blond lacquered
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Elm

Swedish Modern lounge chair by Erik Karlén for Firma Rumsinteriör, Sweden, 1940s
By Firma Rumsinteriör, Eric Karlén
Located in Eskilstuna, SE
Very rare lounge chair designed by Erik Bertil Karlén for Firma Rumsinteriör, Sweden, 1940s
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Sheepskin, Elm

Swedish modern sheepskin easy chair in the style of Otto Schulz, 1950s
By Otto Schulz
Located in Eskilstuna, SE
Elegant and luxurious lounge chair in the style of Otto Schulz from the middle of the 20th century
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin, Elm

Danish Cabinetmaker 1940s Functionalist Side Chairs, Att. Magnus Stephensen
By Fritz Hansen, Magnus Stephensen
Located in Odense, DK
Stephensen. Executed in solid elm tree and black leatherette. Big chairs with wonderful organic curves. Very
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Faux Leather, Elm

Marta Blomstedt 1930s Sheepskin Wing Chair for the Hotel Aulanko
By Märta Blomstedt
Located in London, GB
chair with the spherical, stained elm wood feet is an early production. It was inspired by Danish
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Sheepskin, Elm

Frits Schlegel for Fritz Hansen Set of Six 'Husum' Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Frits Schlegel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Frits Schlegel for Fritz Hansen, set of six 'Husum' chairs, elm, beech. Denmark, 1930 Danish
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Elm, Beech

Marta Blomstedt 1930s Sheepskin Wing Chair for The Hotel Aulanko
By Märta Blomstedt
Located in London, GB
chair with the spherical, stained elm wood feet is an early production. It was heavily inspired by
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Sheepskin, Elm

Set of 12 Dining Chairs by Axel Larsson
By Axel Larsson, Bodafors
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of 12 beautiful dining chairs in stained elmwood and leather by Axel Larsson, custom made for a
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 12 Dining Chairs by Axel Larsson
Set of 12 Dining Chairs by Axel Larsson
H 36.23 in W 18.12 in D 19.69 in
Frits Schlegel Husum Chair by Fritz Hansen, 1930
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Valby, 84
Rare and important Frits Schlegel Husum chair produced by Fritz Hansen in the 1930’s. The chair is
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech, Elm

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
By Viggo Boesen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare model. Reupholstered in honey colored sheepskin, black lacquered elm wood. Produced in
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Sheepskin

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
H 27.56 in W 26.38 in D 39.38 in
Mid-Century Side Chair by Frode Holm, 1950s
By Frode Holm
Located in Lejre, DK
Side chair in fabric, designed by Frode Holm. Made in Denmark, original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Ch...

Materials

Fabric, Elm

Mid-Century Side Chair by Frode Holm, 1950s
Mid-Century Side Chair by Frode Holm, 1950s
H 32.68 in W 21.26 in D 18.9 in
Swedish Modern Birch, Bambu & Rattan Longe Chair, Attr. to Otto Schulz, ca 1940
By Boet, Otto Schulz
Located in Uppsala, SE
Very rare loung chair from ca 1940 in birch (or maybe elm) with new off-white fabric to both
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Bamboo, Rattan, Birch

Vintage 1950s Carl Malmsten Armchair in Boucle Fabric
By Carl Malmsten
Located in London, GB
Carl Malmsten - Occasional Armchair, circa 1950s. An elegant, classical occasional chair designed
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Vintage 1950s Carl Malmsten Armchair in Boucle Fabric
By Carl Malmsten
Located in London, GB
Carl Malmsten - Occasional Armchair, circa 1950s. An elegant, classical occasional chair designed
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Bouclé, Beech

Extremely Rare Otto Schulz Wingback Armchair for Boet, Sweden
By Otto Schulz, Boet
Located in Vienna, AT
very comfortable armchair. The four tapered legs are in elm wood. Original wood frame with a new
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Elm, Upholstery

Arm chairs in elm by Arne Wahl Iversen, by cabinetmaker Niels Eilersen, Denmark
By Neils Eilersen, Arne Wahl Iversen
Located in Hägersten, SE
Arm chairs designed by Arne Wahl Iversen. Manufactured in Denmark by cabinet maker Niels Eilersen
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Elm

Arm chair in elm and leather with exquisite patina by Arne Wahl Iversen, 1960s
By Arne Wahl Iversen
Located in Hägersten, SE
Arm chair model St-750 designed by Arne Wahl Iversen. Produced in Denmark by Danish cabinetmaker
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Elm

Otto Schultz Scandinavian Modern "Boet" Sofa
By Otto Schulz
Located in Kramfors, SE
Rare Scandinavian modern Swedish sofa Boet from the mid 20th century. The sofa is designed by Otto
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Elm

Otto Schultz Scandinavian Modern "Boet" Sofa
Otto Schultz Scandinavian Modern "Boet" Sofa
H 27.56 in W 57.09 in D 17.72 in
Pair of Sten Wicéns Armchairs in Pierre Frey Fabric and Elm, Sweden, 1950s
By La Maison Pierre Frey, Sten Wicén
Located in The Hague, NL
, vertically grooved legs in solid elm wood complete the design. The chairs are in very good, restored
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Elm

Pair of Scandinavian Modern Elmwood and Chromed Metal Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Scandinavian Modern armchairs with chromed metal and solid elm wood arms and feet. These
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Elsa Gullberg Armchair in Taupe Velvet and Elm, Sweden, Late 1930s
By Elsa Gullberg, Elsa Gullbergs Textiles and Interiors AB 1
Located in The Hague, NL
of the chair and the carved, tapered legs give the chair a sculptural and modern feel. The chair is
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Wood, Elm, Fabric

Runar Engblom Armchair in Pink Velvet and Elm Wood, Hotel Vaakuna, Finland, 1951
By Runar Engblom
Located in The Hague, NL
legs and the round, slighty tapered front legs are in elm wood. The chair has been recently
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Wood, Elm

Faaborg Chair by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Model 9662 - 'Faaborg' chair in elm and seat in natural leather. Kaare Klint. Maker Rud. Rasmussen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Elm

Faaborg Chair by Kaare Klint
Faaborg Chair by Kaare Klint
H 28.75 in W 27.17 in D 21.26 in
GM4105 Tiger Chair, Black Stained, Naver Select Leather - Design by Henrik Lehm
By Gramrode Møbelfabrik
Located in Juelsminde, DK
and beautiful design has gradually made the dining table chair a permanent fixture in Scandinavian
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Armchairs David Blomberg Attributed, circa 1909
By David Bloomberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
built by Ferdinand Boberg for banker Mauritz Philipson in 1909. Three chairs available. Price is for
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Elm

GM4106 Tiger Armchair, Walnut oil, Naver Select Leather - Design by Henrik Lehm
By Gramrode Møbelfabrik
Located in Juelsminde, DK
and beautiful design has gradually made the dining table chair a permanent fixture in Scandinavian
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

GM4106 Tiger Armchair, Oak Oiled, Select leather - Design by Henrik Lehm
By Gramrode Møbelfabrik
Located in Juelsminde, DK
and beautiful design has gradually made the dining table chair a permanent fixture in Scandinavian
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

GM4116 Panther Armchair, Walnut, Naver Aniline Leather - Design by Henrik Lehm
By Gramrode Møbelfabrik
Located in Juelsminde, DK
armrests are made of solid oak, ash, elm, and walnut. The GM 4116-26 Panther chair is designed by Henrik
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

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Scandinavian Elm Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of Scandinavian elm chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, elm and hardwood, all Scandinavian elm chairs available were constructed with great care. Scandinavian elm chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Scandinavian elm chairs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Scandinavian Modern and Mid-Century Modern styles are often sought at 1stDibs. If space is limited, there are small Scandinavian elm chairs measuring 15.36 inches across. Many Scandinavian elm chairs are appealing in their simplicity, but Märta Blomstedt, Kaare Klint and Rud Rasmussen produced popular Scandinavian elm chairs that are worth a look.

How Much are Scandinavian Elm Chairs?

Prices for Scandinavian elm chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, Scandinavian elm chairs begin at $493 and can go as high as $51,562, while the average can fetch as much as $6,700.

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.