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Mid Century Danish Modern Wall Unit with Shelves & Cabinets with Desk in Teak
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large Scandinavian wall unit circa 1960's. It features teak wood finish with a drop down center
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive freestanding teak modular wall unit providing multiple storage and configuration options
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

  • Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
H 70.25 in W 101.5 in D 17.25 in
1960s Scandinavian Two Bay Wall Unit System Record Cabinet Cado Royal System
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Vintage Scandinavian Modern wall unit system 2 bay in walnut wood. Unmarked. Attribution Poul
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Kai Kristiansen FM Rosewood Wall Unit #2
By Feldballes Møbelfabrik, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Oakland, CA
Brazilian rosewood wall system designed by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik Denmark. FM
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood, Wood

Teak Cado System Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Highly versatile and functional wall unit in teak by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. The unit shown
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Modular String Wall Unit in Teak by Nisse Strinning
By Kajsa Strinning 1, String Design AB
Located in Vienna, AT
String wall shelf wall unit designed by Nils and Kajsa Strinning in 1949. This one was made in the
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Steel

1958 Danish Rosewood Cado Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Highly versatile and functional wall unit in Brazilian rosewood by Danish designer Poul Cadovius
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Scandinavian String Modular Wall Unit
By Nils Nisse Strinning
Located in San Francisco, CA
Absolutely stunning 3 bay modular "String" wall unit designed by Nils Strinning c1950s. Can be
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Design Danish Metal Wall Unit, 1970’s
Located in Delft, NL
Metal holders with plastic shelves.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal

1958 Danish Teak Royal Cado Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Highly versatile and functional Cado wall unit in walnut by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. We
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Modular String Wall Unit in Ashwood by Nisse Strinning, Sweden
By String Design AB, Kajsa Strinning 1
Located in Vienna, AT
String regal wall unit designed by Nils and Kajsa Strinning in 1949. This one was made in the 1960s
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Poul Cadovius For Royal System Cado Danish Rosewood Four Bay Wall Unit
By Poul Cadovius, Royal System
Located in Peabody, MA
Royal System “Cado” four bay wall unit in rosewood, designed by Poul Cadovius circa 1960s, Denmark
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood

Rosewood Wall Unit by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Mobelfabrik, Denmark 1950's
By Kai Kristiansen, Feldballes Møbelfabrik
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large rosewood wall unit with rosewood back plates. The cabinet has some traces of use like stains
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood

Scandinavian Mid-Century Freestanding Teak Wall Unit
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Teak Scandinavian wall cabinet circa 1960's. Smart storage solution, combining a drawered desk
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Paris, FR
Scandinavian shelf by Poul Cadovius (Denmark, 1911-2011). Teak version with three wall panels
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Vintage 1960s French Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Triangular Wall Unit in Teak by Peder Moos and/or Apprentice of, 1950s
By Peder Moos
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Small triangular wall shelf in solid teak. Assembled without the use of metal. It can be
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Triangular Wall Unit in Teak by Peder Moos and/or Apprentice of, 1950s
By Peder Moos
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Small triangular wall shelf in solid teak. Assembled without the use of metal. It can be
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Decorative Danish Midcentury Organic Ceramic Wall Art, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A fine unique sculptural stoneware heavy wall unit in various brown colors. Made by a Danish artist
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Pair of Scandinavian modern birch blonde tall 6 shelf bookcases wall unit
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of Mid century Scandinavian Modern blonde birch wood shelf wall unit or open bookcases. Very
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch

1960s Wall unit, Kai Kristiansen
By Kai Kristiansen, FM Møbler
Located in Neuss, NW
with illuminated bar compartment. The containers are fixed to the wall with rails. Quality Features
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

  •  1960s Wall unit, Kai Kristiansen
  •  1960s Wall unit, Kai Kristiansen
  •  1960s Wall unit, Kai Kristiansen
  •  1960s Wall unit, Kai Kristiansen
H 63.39 in W 67.33 in D 18.12 in
Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare Scandinavian vintage wall-mounted bookcase in original good vintage condition. Beautiful, high
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

  • Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit
  • Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit
  • Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit
  • Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit
No Reserve
H 74.81 in W 63 in D 19.69 in
Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Shelving Unit, Etagere, or Wall Unit
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very cool versatile piece from Denmark circa 1980s. It features all teak construction with tons of storage space to display books or nick nacks.
Category

Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Midcentury Shelving Unit in Oak by William Watting
By William Watting, A. Mikael Laursen
Located in Karlstad, SE
A beautiful shelving unit designed by William Watting for AS Mikael Laursen (Denmark). This piece
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Brutalist Wall Light in Brass, 1960s
By Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
Located in Odense, DK
Danish modern brutalist wall unit light, made by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen in 1960s. The brass
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Rare Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Teak Wood Modular Unit, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
furniture systems. The wall unit perfectly match the aesthetics of the Scandinavian era of Mid-Century
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Teak

Rosewood console and mirror by Arch. Kai Kristiansen, Denmark 1950s, Rare
By Kai Kristiansen, Aksel Kjersgaard
Located in Forest, BE
Lounge Chair, and its modular system of shelves FM Reolsystem Wall Unit (1957) for Feldballe Møbelfabrik
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Rosewood

90 Piece Pega Wall System by Juul Christensen, Customizable
By Ib Juul Christensen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
storage and organization. We have over 90 pieces of this is a great Scandinavian Modern wall unit designed
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960's
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Brussels , BE
Wall Unit designed by famous Danish designer Poul Cadovius in the 1960's. The sheles are modular
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960's
  • Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960's
  • Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960's
  • Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960's
H 105.52 in W 157.49 in D 11.82 in
Danish Vintage Wall Unit Made of Wood, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
. Upright as a cabinet with shelves and crosswise as a low TV unit. The perfect addition for all your
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

  • Danish Vintage Wall Unit Made of Wood, 1960s
  • Danish Vintage Wall Unit Made of Wood, 1960s
  • Danish Vintage Wall Unit Made of Wood, 1960s
  • Danish Vintage Wall Unit Made of Wood, 1960s
H 42.92 in W 16.54 in D 7.49 in
Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs Large 'Välipala' Wall Unit
By Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs, Mikko Nupponen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
, 1950s This sizeable and modern wall unit is designed by the Finnish designer Carl Gustaf Hiort. It is
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch elm wall unit consisting of six bookcases with removable shelfs. Executed by Rud
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
H 62.21 in W 89.77 in D 14.18 in
Børge Mogensen for Federicia Stolefabrik Wall Unit in Oak
By Fredericia Stolefabrik, Børge Mogensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrik, wall unit, model BM 291, oak, Denmark, design 1956 This
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Pine for Rud. Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch pine wall unit consisting of three cabinets with three matching plinths and three
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Pine for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Pine for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Pine for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Pine for Rud. Rasmussen
H 62.21 in W 89.77 in D 14.18 in
Danish Modern Poul Cadovius Cado Teak Modular Wall Unit Shelves
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Large three bay teak Cado wall system designed by Poul Cadovius and made in Denmark. This unit has
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Mogens Koch Wall Unit of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch wall unit of mahogany. Two bookcases with removable inlays. Executed by Rud Rasmussen
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch Elm wall unit consisting of three cabinets with three matching plinths and three
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Wall Unit in Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
H 62.21 in W 89.77 in D 14.18 in
Modular Teak Wall Units by Finn Juhl for France & Son
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Denton, TX
Two Finn Juhl's Danish Modern modular wall unit from the Cresco series for France & Son. Finn
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Aluminum

Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke
By Bovirke, Finn Juhl
Located in Rosendahl, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 made of beautiful teak, designed by Finn Juhl. The placement of the
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

  • Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke
  • Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke
  • Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke
  • Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke
H 78.75 in W 150.01 in D 17.33 in
Danish Teak Wall Unit by Erik Brouer for Brouer Mobelfabrik
By Erik Brouer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful teak wall unit designed by Erik Brouer for Brouer Mobelfabrik (Denmark). Rich, warm
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Cupboards

Mid-Century Danish Modern Poul Cadovius "Cado" Teak Wall Unit
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Danish Modern Poul Cadovius for Cado Denmark Teak Wall Unit Offered is a Danish
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Retro 1950s Tall String Wall System Shelving Unit
By String Design AB, Nils Nisse Strinning
Located in Markington, GB
Retro 1950s tall string wall system shelving unit. Early string wall system in very good vintage
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

MOGENS KOCH Bookcase/Wall Unit Oregon Pine foe Rud Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Hudson, NY
Oregon pine, ten open bookcases and two cabinets , all with manufacturing label on the back. Each bookcase is separate and can be rearranged as desired. Rud Rasmussen originally desi...
Category

Vintage 1910s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

Poul Cadovius Royal Wall Unit in Teak for Cado, 1960
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Esbjerg, DK
in Denmark during the 1960s. This unit is modular and you can easily without any tools arrange the
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Vintage Wenge & White Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s.
By Cado, Poul Cadovius
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
Modular Royal System wall unit in wenge and white. Designed by Poul Cadovius in the Sixties
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Iron

Finn Juhl for Bovirke Large Wall Unit in Teak and Brass
By Bovirke, Finn Juhl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Bovirke, wall unit, model 'BO71', teak, pine, brass, Denmark, 1950s This eccentric
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Large Finn Juhl for Bovirke Wall Unit in Teak and Brass
By Finn Juhl, Bovirke
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Bovirke, wall unit, model 'BO71', teak, pine, lacquered wood, brass, Denmark, 1950s
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Danish Mid Century Wall Unit with 8 Shelves, circa 1950 - 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural wall unit having eight shelves, 5 smaller ( 36 W x 10 D inches ) and 2 wider
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Danish Modern Midcentury Modular Three Bay Bookcase Wall Unit and Desk
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Danish modern three-bay wall unit with adjustable shelves. This wall unit is finished on
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Vintage Danish Teak Wall Unit by Kai Kristiansen for FM, 1960s
By Kai Kristiansen, Feldballes Møbelfabrik
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish modular Teak wall unit by Danish architect Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Stunning Danish Teak "wave" wall unit bar / bookcase / storage by G-Plan
By G-Plan
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Danish Style Teak "wave" wall unit bar / bookcase / storage by G-Plan..Wonderful
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Vintage 1960s English Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Vintage Danish Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish rosewood modular wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s Mid-Century Modern 3 bay
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Danish Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish rosewood modular wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s Mid-Century Modern 4 bay
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Midcentury Danish Teak Wall Unit, 3 cabinets&secretary by Poul Cadovius for Cado
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Gaggenau, DE
Big Mid century Danish Teak Wall Unit with 3 cabinets & secretary cabient by Poul Cadovius for
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Cupboards

Materials

Teak

Modular Teak Wall Unit and Secretary by Finn Juhl for France & Son
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Dorchester, MA
Finn Juhl designed this modular wall unit in the early 1960s as part of the Cresco series for
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Scandinavian Modern Teak Vintage Wall System by Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960s
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern teak vintage wall system or shelves unit by Poul Cadovius, which features
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Glass, Teak

Danish Modern Teak Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke , 1960s
By Finn Juhl, Bovirke
Located in Rosendahl, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 made of beautiful teak, designed by Finn Juhl. The placement of the
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Hans Wegner for Ry Mobler Credenza Wall Unit, Teak, 1958
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Culver City, CA
beauty of natural materials, making him a pioneer in modern Scandinavian design. This wall unit is in
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Teak

Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Bookcase Shelf Wall Unit Credenza Cabinet- 2 pcs
By Arne Vodder, Lovig Dansk
Located in Madison, WI
, to make it into a wall unit / bookcase / shelving with additional drawers. Top portion of the unit is
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Credenzas

Materials

Wood, Teak

Large Wall Shelving Unit by Nisse Strinning for String, 1960s
By Nils Nisse Strinning
Located in Markington, GB
Large wall shelving unit by Nisse Strinning for String, 1960s. The string wall system was designed
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Floating Shelves Cado Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A modular wall unit designed by Poul Cadovius and produced in the 1960's. It features all teak
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

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Scandinavian Wall Unit For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic Scandinavian wall unit available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, hardwood and teak, every Scandinavian wall unit was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the Scandinavian wall unit you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A Scandinavian wall unit is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Scandinavian Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Arts and Crafts styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made Scandinavian wall unit over the years, but those crafted by Poul Cadovius, Cado and Kai Kristiansen are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Scandinavian Wall Unit?

Prices for a Scandinavian wall unit can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $466 and can go as high as $21,700, while the average can fetch as much as $4,002.

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson, Poul Cadovius and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded.

A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.