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Pair of Jacob Kjær Lounge Chairs Mahogany and Niger Leather, Scandinavian Modern
By Jacob Kjaer
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Jacob kjær - scandinavian modern. A beautiful pair of lounge chairs, designed and manufactured
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Lounge Chair in Mahogany Frame & Bouclé
Located in Plainview, NY
the mahogany frame results in a harmonious amalgamation of form and function, yielding a chair that is
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Mahogany 'Rungstedlund' Dining Chairs
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Marbella, ES
, mahogany, blue upholstery, Denmark, 1960s. This classic set of six dining chairs is designed by the
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Antique 1660s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Mid-Century Scandinavian Set of Five Mahogany Geometric Chairs, Denmark, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of five scandinavian chairs made in solid mahogany wood. Reupholstered in geometric patterned
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Scandinavian Newly Upholstered Bergere in Mahogany, c. 1860
Located in Miami, FL
A lovely bergere with graceful lines in French-polished mahogany, newly upholstered in a Lee Jofa
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Antique 19th Century Scandinavian Louis Philippe Bergere Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Mahogany

Set of Six Kaare Klint Red Chairs Niger leather and Mahogany
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint red chairs, executed by cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen, Denmark. Profiled legs of mahogany
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs by Hans Asplund, NK, Sweden, 1955
By Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of amazing lounge chairs by Hans Asplund, made in mahogany with leather seats and backs, and a
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Scandinavian Mid-Century Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Scandinavian Mid-Century Lounge Chairs upholstered in Boucle Fabric
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Midcentury Modern Mahogany and Leather Dining Chairs, Josef Frank, Sweden, 1950s
By Svenskt Tenn, Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of eight dining chairs by Josef Frank, made from mahogany with green leather seats. Elegant
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Cuban Mahogany Lounge Chair by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A generously proportioned Scandinavian Modern lounge chair designed by Ole Wanscher for A.J
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Upholstery

Bernt Pedersen lounge chair, mahogany and Cane
By Bernt Petersen, Erik Wørts
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Bernt Pedersen pair of lounge chairs with frame of mahogany, back and sides from cane. Original
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cane, Mahogany, Wool

Mahogany & Leather Lounge Chairs c.1948 Denmark
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Oakland, CA
Pair of mahogany lounge chairs with elegant sloping arms newly upholstered in a high-quality black
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Leather

Kaare Klint Red Chair, Rud Rasmussen, Original Niger Leather and Mahogany frame
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint & Rud Rasmussen - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful Kaare Klint 'Red Chair' or
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Rare pair of Mahogany, Niger Leather and Woven Cane Chairs, Denmark 1930s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint & Rigmor Andersen & Rud Rasmussen - Early Scandinavian Modern Design A very rare
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Pair of Kaare Klint Red Chairs, Patinated Leather, Brass Nails and Mahogany
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Klint red chairs, executed by cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen, Denmark. Profiled legs of mahogany, seat and
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Early Modern Side Chair in Patinated Mahogany in Style of Fritz Hansen, Denmark.
By Fritz Hansen, Martin Nyrop
Located in Odense, DK
Charming side chair from around 1900. The chair is made from solid mahogany with a stunning patina
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Mahogany

Elegant Danish Lounge Chair in Brown Upholstery and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chair, fabric, mahogany, Scandinavia, 1960s Sturdy lounge chairs in brown fabric. This
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Pair of Mahogany Colonial Chairs by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Poul Jeppesen
Located in Kastrup, DK
Ole Wanscher (Danish, 1903-1985). Pair of Colonial Chairs designed by Ole Wanscher. Crafted in
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Set of Four Hans J. Wegner Dining Chairs Model CH-47 in mahogany
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Set of four Hans J. Wegner dining chairs in mahogany New upholstetred with vintage tan aniline
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Colonial Easy Chairs in Mahogany, Woven Cane and Fabric by Ole Wanscher, 1960's
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Pair of Easy Chairs in Mahogany, Woven Cane and Original Fabric by Ole Wanscher, 1960's Additional
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Fabric, Cane

Pair of Børge Mogensen Mahogany King of Diamonds chairs for Søborg Møbelfabrik
By Børge Mogensen, Søborg Møbelfabrik
Located in Knebel, DK
Pair of King of diamonds chairs in mahogany and beige leather designed by Børge Mogensen for Søborg
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Illum Wikkelsø Lounge Chair in Red Upholstery and Mahogany
By Illum Wikkelsø
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Illum Wikkelsø, 'Ox' lounge chair, leather,ette mahogany, Denmark 1960s. Well-designed easy chair
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Faux Leather

Arne Norell 'Merkur' Lounge Chair in Cognac Leather and Mahogany
By Norell Möbel AB, Arne Norell
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Norell for Norell Möbel AB, lounge chair, model 'Merkur', leather, mahogany, Sweden, 1960s
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Borge Mogensen Model 2254 Mahogany Lounge Chairs for Frederica, Denmark
By Børge Mogensen
Located in Winnipeg, MB
Beautiful pair of mahogany model 2254 ‘Slaedstolen’ lounge chairs / recliners designed in 1956 by
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany

Jacob Kjaer Armchair in Mahogany
By Jacob Kjaer
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Jacob Kjaer armchair in mahogany and niger leather. Executed by Jacob Kjaer, Copenhagen, Denmark.   
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Jacob Kjaer Armchair in Mahogany
Jacob Kjaer Armchair in Mahogany
H 33.86 in W 21.66 in D 18.9 in
Carl-Axel Acking for Nk Hantverk Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Wool
By Carl-Axel Acking, Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl-Axel Acking for Nordiska Kompaniet Hantverk, lounge chairs, mahogany, fabric, Sweden, 1940s
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Side Chair in Mahogany and Leather by Frode Holm, 1950s
By Frode Holm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Side Chair in Mahogany and Leather by Frode Holm, 1950s Additional Information: Material
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Mahogany

Danish Midcentury Highback Lounge Chair with Channel Back and Mahogany Armrests
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare find. Danish midcentury chair from the late 1940's or early 1950s. The wooden frame on the
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany, Wool

Eight Restored Johannes Andersen Mahogany Dining Chairs IncludeCustom Upholstery
By Uldum Møbelfabrik, Johannes Andersen
Located in Knebel, DK
Set of Eight restored 1960s Johannes Andersen dining chairs in mahogany made by Uldum Møbler
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Chair in Mahogany
By Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik, Arne Hovmand-Olsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik, dining chair, model 71, mahogany, brass, Denmark
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Danish Dining Chair in Mahogany and Light Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Armchair, fabric, mahogany, Denmark, 1960s This armchair of Danish origin is characterized by
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

1960s Mahogany & Cane Lounge Chair by Bernt Petersen for Worts Mobelsnedkeri
By Bernt Petersen, Worts Mobler
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A mahogany lounge chair with traditional hand-caned back and side panels, with newly upholstered
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Cane, Mahogany

Carl-Axel Acking for Nk Hantverk Lounge Chair in Mahogany and Blue Wool
By Nordiska Kompaniet, Carl-Axel Acking
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl-Axel Acking for Nordiska Kompaniet Hantverk, lounge chair, mahogany, fabric, leather, Sweden
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany, Leather

Easy Chair with Open Armrests in Mahogany by Alfred Christensen Denmark 1940's
By Alfred Christensen, Slagelse Mobelvaerk
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Mobelvaerk with open armrests in beautifully curved mahogany raised on Christensen's iconic saber shaped
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Vintage 1940s Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Mahogany

Pair of Mahogany Lounge Chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon pair of mahogany lounge chairs newly upholstered in dark grey wool savak.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Mahogany

Danish Modern Mahogany Caned Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
Danish Modern mahogany dining chairs, six (6), 1960s, comprising two arms and four sides
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Mahogany

Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Penguin' Dining Chairs in Mahogany Plywood
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Christensen & Larsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen for Christensen & Larsen, 'Pinguin' dining chairs, mahogany plywood, fabric, coated
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Iron

Six Restored Johannes Andersen Mahogany Dining Chairs Custom Upholstery Included
By Uldum Møbelfabrik, Johannes Andersen
Located in Knebel, DK
Set of six restored 1960s Johannes Andersen dining chairs in mahogany made by Uldum Møbler, Denmark
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Style Danish 1940s Low Lounge Chair in Mahogany
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful Classic 1930s-1940s solid mahogany and wool wingback chair in the style of Master
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Wool, Mahogany

Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Dining Chairs in Mahogany
By Arne Hovmand-Olsen, Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik, dining chairs, model 71, mahogany, brass, Denmark
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

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

Ole Wanscher chair for Fritz Hansen 1940's Mahogany. Decorative and comfortable
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Forest, BE
Fauteuil décoratif en acajou réalisé par Fritz Hansen et vendu par illums bolighus un grand magasin réputé. Il porte la plaque de l'enseigne au dessous du siège. Il a été complètemen...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany

1950s Ole Wanscher Set of Two Lounge Chairs in Mahogany - choice of upholstery
By Ole Wanscher, Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik
Located in Knebel, DK
Set of two Ole Wanscher PJ112 mahogany lounge chairs produced by P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, The
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Dining Chairs in Niger Leather and Mahogany by Danish Cabinetmaker
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Andreas Jeppe Iversen (A.J. Iversen), dining chairs, Niger leather, mahogany, brass
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Scandinavian Mahogany & Wool Armchairs in the Style of Frits Henningsen
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Scandinavian furnituremaker in the style of Frits Henningsen. The unique silhouette features a square back with
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Set of Six Danish Mahogany Dining Chairs by Sondergaard Mobler
Located in Vienna, AT
Six chairs made by Sondergaard Mobler in Denmark in the late 1940s. The frame is made of mahogany
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Danish 1940's Lounge Chair with Cabriole Legs of Mahogany and Wool Fabric
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful very stylish Danish low lounge chair. We are unaware of the designer and maker for this
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Vintage 1940s European Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Mahogany

Mogens Koch Pair of Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Leather, Rud Rasmussen, 1950s
By Mogens Koch, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Odense, DK
Set of elegant lounge chairs designed by Mogens Koch in 1936. This "model 51" was part of a small
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Set of Four Dining Chairs of Mahogany by Fritz Hansen, 1930s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
The set of four dining chairs by Fritz Hansen from the 1930s is a classic and elegant example of
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Danish Set of Six Dining Chairs in Mahogany and Light Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of six armchairs, fabric, mahogany, Denmark, 1960s This set of six dining chairs of Danish
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Early set of "People's chairs" by Børge Mogensen, Beech & Mahogany, 1940s
By Børge Mogensen, FDB Møbler
Located in Odense, DK
retailer FDB, where Mogensen was head of design. The chairs are made from beech and mahogany and all 4
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Beech, Mahogany

Mahogany and Leather Barcelona Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Cuban mahogany 'Barcelona' dining or side chair designed by Kaare Klint featuring a leather
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Jacob Kjaer Rare Set of Six Dining Chairs in Mahogany and Niger Leather
By Jacob Kjaer
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jabob Kjær for Jacob Kjær Møbelhaandværk, dining chairs, niger leather, cuban mahogany, brass
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Set of 4 Chairs in Mahogany and Leather by Kaare Klint Dining, 1930s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Set of 4 Chairs in Mahogany and Leather by Kaare Klint Dining, 1930s Additional Information
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany, Leather

2021 CH24 Wishbone Dining Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen in Mahogany
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark. The chairs are made with a solid glossy lacquered mahogany frame with a
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany, Papercord

Flemming Lassen Style Armchair in Bouclé Wool, Scandinavian Design, 1960's
By Flemming Lassen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Danish; Scandinavian design; Mid-Century Modern: Flemming Lassen; armchair; lounge chair; wingback
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bergere Chairs

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Wool, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Dining Chairs in Mahogany and Horsehair Made by A.J. Iversen, 1960s
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in Odense, DK
A set of six rare "Benedikte" mahogany chairs with pierced back. Seats upholstered with original
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of Twelve Classic Side Chairs by Ole Wanscher, 1960s
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of 12 mahogany chairs with curvy, horizontal bar in back. Seat upholstered with patterned
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Mahogany, Fabric

Frits Henningsen Danish Highback Lounge Chair, c. 1940's
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
A handsome Danish mid-century high-back lounge chair, designed by furniture maker and designer
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Mahogany

Kaare Klint Red Chair, Rud. Rasmussen, 1930s
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint 'Red Chair' in Cuban mahogany, Niger leather and brass nails. Executed by Rud
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Kaare Klint Red Chair, Rud. Rasmussen, 1930s
Kaare Klint Red Chair, Rud. Rasmussen, 1930s
H 35.04 in W 22.84 in D 18.51 in
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Scandinavian Mahogany Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of Scandinavian mahogany chairs available for sale. The range of distinct Scandinavian mahogany chairs — often made from mahogany, wood and animal skin — can elevate any home. Scandinavian mahogany chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of Scandinavian mahogany chairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Scandinavian Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco Scandinavian mahogany chairs are of considerable interest. Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint and Frits Henningsen each produced beautiful Scandinavian mahogany chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Scandinavian Mahogany Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $4,912, while they’re typically $560 on the low end and $150,393 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.