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Scandinavian Modern

Scandinavian Modern Furniture Collection

Denmark, Finland, Sweden (ca. 1930 - present)

The designers of Scandinavian Modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on a centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of Scandinavian Modern furniture appear in the work of 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 a Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic “Grasshopper” chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian Modern pieces 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. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

     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 he 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, maker of the bold “Chieftain”chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

     As you scroll through the pages below, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian Modern designs and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair and Ottoman for Fritz Hans...
Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Aluminum, Leather, Plastic
Arne Jacobsen chair and ottoman. Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1958. Leather, cast aluminum, plastic. Diameter: 34 W x 32 D x 42 H inches. Pair available.
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Finn Juhl Easy Armchair, Model 136
Patrick Parrish
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Finn Juhl Easy Armchair, Model 136
Finn Juhl
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Carved teak and fabric armchair Model 136 by Scandinavian Finn Juhl. Retains its original mauve wool fabric, but does need new foam and possibly strapping. The chair is in otherwise exc...
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Swedish carpet
Nilufar Gallery
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Swedish carpet
Anna - Greta Sjöqvist
Vintage 1950s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
Swedish carpet 1950's Designed by Anna-Greta Sjokvist kilim technique
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Josef Frank Bookcase, circa 1950
Pierre Passebon Galerie Du Passage
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Josef Frank Bookcase, circa 1950
Vintage 1950s Swedish Bookcases
Brass, Glass, Walnut
A Josef Frank bookcase with glass cabinet. Design by Josef Frank in 1943. Manufactured by Svenskt Tenn (Sweden)
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Finnish Brass Mobile Candelholder by Timo Sarpanev...
Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
The center stem issuing seven arms each hung with rod and circle holding a candle. Each stamped on base Aarikka, Finland.
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Hans Wegner AP-27 Lounge Chair
DeAngelis
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Hans Wegner AP-27 Lounge Chair
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Oak, Teak
Han J Wegner design high back lounge chair for A.P Stolen. Perfectly refinished and newly upholstered in Danish light gray wool.
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Mid-Century Scandinavian Rug by Märta Måås-Fjetter...
Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
An outstanding mid 20th century Scandinavian rug by famed designer Märta Måås-Fjetterström. All over geometric design in subtle shades of blue with red accents.
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Hans  Wegner Valet Chair for Johannes Hansen
Adam Edelsberg
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Hans Wegner Valet Chair for Johannes Hansen
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs
An excellent example of Wegner's valet chair in oak and teak. Signed.
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Pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson
Hans Agne Jakobsson
Vintage 1960s Swedish Chandeliers and Pendants
A pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden. Existing European wiring we do not guaranty functionality. Rewiring available upon request.
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Copper Kastor Pendant by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & M...
Fog & Mørup, Jo Hammerborg
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Copper
A copper Jo Hammerborg model Kastor pendant by Fog & Mørup, Denmark. Also available in brass (not listed).
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Lounge Chair by Folke Jansson for S.M. Wincrantz
Folke Jansson
Vintage 1950s Swedish Lounge Chairs
Beech, Upholstery
lounge chair by Folke Jansson for S.M. Wincrantz
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Paavo Tynell Custom Order Lamp Model Nr. 9029 / 3
Paavo Tynell
Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Glass, Metal
Paavo Tynell. Ceiling lamp, model nr. 9029 / 3. Oy Taito Ab. Late 1940s-early 1950s, Helsinki, Finland. Solid brass, metal, metal mesh, glass. Measures: Height circa 70.0 cm x width c...
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Swedish Rug by Sofia Widen, Signed
Doris Leslie Blau LLC
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Swedish Rug by Sofia Widen, Signed
Sofia Widen
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
A Swedish flat-weave rug designed by Sofia Widen with a play on overlapping diamond motifs that create a modern geometric design with a casual Folk Art flair. Linear half diamonds creat...
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Bergboms Floor Lamp, Sweden, 1960s
Harris Dean Gallery LLC
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Bergboms Floor Lamp, Sweden, 1960s
Bergboms
Vintage 1960s Swedish Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass
Rare style floor lamp, Sweden, 1960s, enameled metal, brass; manufacturer label.
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Tapio Wirkkala TW-4 Silver Dish
Tapio Wirkkala, Kultakeskus Oy
Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver
Tapio Wirkkala. TW-4 (four available). Kultakeskus Oy. Finland, 1954. Sterling silver. circa 3.5" W x 5" D x 2" H (length circa 12 cm). circa 62 grams each. Hämeenlinna Finland, cir...
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Ib Kofod-Larsen Elizabeth Lounge Chair and Ottoman...
Ib Kofod-Larsen
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rosewood
Acclaimed design by Ib Kofod-Larsen, the sculptural rosewood frame is sublime. Excellent original finish with minor age appropriate wear, original vinyl upholstery in very good conditio...
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Cabinet by Børge Mogensen
Sam Kaufman Gallery
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Cabinet by Børge Mogensen
Børge Mogensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets
Oak
Designed by Børge Mogensen and built-in Denmark of Siamese teak by Fredericia Stolefabrik. Behind the locking doors are adjustable shelves.
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Pair of Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs
The Exchange Int
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Pair of Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs
Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs
Aluminum, Leather, Plastic
Arne Jacobsen. Swan chairs (pair). Fritz Hansen. Denmark, 1957. Leather, cast aluminum, plastic. Measures: 30 W x 26 D x 31 H inches. Pair of leather swan chairs with early flute bas...
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Paavo Tynell Table Lamp Model 5051
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Paavo Tynell Table Lamp Model 5051
Paavo Tynell
Vintage 1940s Finnish Table Lamps
Brass
Paavo Tynell. Table lamp, model nr: 5051. Taito Oy. Finland, circa 1949. Brass, perforated brass, tubular brass. Measures: 14.25 D x 15.75 H inches. Underside impressed Taito.
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Jens Quistgaard Iron Candle Holder
Jens Harald Quistgaard
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Iron
Nice Candleholder by Jens Quistgaard, Denmark
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Finn Juhl Two-Seat Sofa NV53
Sigmar
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Finn Juhl Two-Seat Sofa NV53
Finn Juhl, Niels Vodder
Vintage 1950s Danish Modern Sofas
Teak, Upholstery
Finn Juhl at his best with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder. Teak frame and newly upholstered. Sculptural arms and base and a comfortable seat.
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Jens Quistgaard Odin Flatware for Dansk
Løvig Design, Jens Quistgaard
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Stainless Steel
JensQuistgaard Odin flatware Dansk Germany, 1958 stainless steel Labeled "Dansk Design Germany"
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Marta Maas-Fjetterström Älgö Pile Carpet
The Exchange Int
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Marta Maas-Fjetterström Älgö Pile Carpet
Marta Måås Fjetterström
Vintage 1930s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
Marta Maas-Fjetterström. Älgö pile carpet 203 cm x 310 cm MMF. Sweden, 1933. Handcrafted wool. Measures: 80 W x 122 L inches. Signed "MMF."
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Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wool Flat Weave Rug by ...
Judith Johansson
Mid-20th Century Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
Swedish mid-century modern wool flat weave rug with a field of shapes in light blues, soft greens and hints of pink and purple on a heather-ed blue background. Designed by Judith Johans...
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Dining Table with Carousel Designed by Alvar Aalto...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Tables
Birch
Dining table with carousel designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1930s. Bent birch and Karelian birch top. This example retailed by Finmar, UK.
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Carl Malmsten Samsas easy chair by O.H Sjögren in ...
Carl Malmsten
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Beech
Mid century easy chair model Samsas designed by Carl Malmsten. Produced by O.H Sjögren in Tranås, Sweden. Matching sofa is also available.
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Vintage Hans J. Wegner Ox Chair with Stool, AP Sto...
Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Mid-20th Century Danish Lounge Chairs
Canvas, Steel, Leather
First edition Hans J. Wegner ox chair with stool. Frame of matte chromium-plated tubular steel, upholstered with canvas and natural leather pipings. Designed by Hans J. Wegner, 1960 ...
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Arne Jacobsen Teak and Stainless Steel Ice Bucket ...
Arne Jacobsen, Stelton
Vintage 1960s Danish Tableware
Teak, Steel
Ice bucket, designed by Arne Jacobsen. Manufactured by Stelton. Teak and stainless steel. In great original condition with minor wear consistent on wear and use.
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Table lamp by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
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Table lamp by Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen
Vintage 1950s Danish Table Lamps
"Klokkelampe" table lamp in patinated bronze with tinted bell-shaped glass screen. Used for restaurant tables at SAS Royal Hotel. Pictured in the book "Room 606". The lamp is available ...
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Børge Mogensen Spoke Back Sofa, Fritz Hansen, Dän...
Børge Mogensen
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Fabric, Foam, Wood
Børge Mogensen Sofa, Modell 1789, Designed in 1945. Made by Fritz Hansen. Beechwood lacquered, loose cushions, blue. We offer a safe and fast worldwide shipping to your Front Door. We ...
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Per Lütken - Yellow Carnaby Vases
Per Lutken Holmegaard
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Glass
A grouping of curvy, yellow, carnaby vases of opal glass by Per Lütken. Produced by Holmegaard.
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Coat rack by Adam Hoff & Poul Østergaard
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
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Coat rack by Adam Hoff & Poul Østergaard
Adam Hoff & Poul Østergaard, Virum Møbelsnedkeri
Vintage 1960s Danish Dressers
Coat rack in oak with foldable hanger. Blue varnished back plate. Manufactured by Virum Møbelsnedkeri v/Rasmussen og Brygger. Depth is 29 cm when opened. We ship this item worldwide, p...
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Carl Fagerlund tables lamps produced by Orrefors i...
Carl Fagerlund
Vintage 1950s Swedish Table Lamps
Brass, Glass
Rare pair of Carl Fagerlund tables lamps in brass and glass. Produced by Orrefors in Sweden. Please note that these lamps are being sold without lamp shades.
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Nesting Tables by Kjaerholm
FK Gallery
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Nesting Tables by Kjaerholm
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables
Chrome
Great looking set of nesting tables by Maa. Poul kjærholm - Made by EKC - Kold Christensen Denmark. Marked Denmark.
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"The Egg" Chair by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
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"The Egg" Chair by Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs
The Egg in original black Saki-leather, made in 1964, manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The Egg was drawn for the decoration of Royal Hotel in 1958. The chair later became synonymous with D...
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cutting board by Kay Bojesen
WYETH
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cutting board by Kay Bojesen
Kay Bojesen
Vintage 1950s Danish Serving Pieces
Teak
A petite teak cutting board with handle cutouts. Branded with designers stamp.
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Paavo Tynell Chandelier
Paavo Tynell, Idman
Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel, Glass, Brass
Paavo Tynell chandelier. Idman, model k2-10, Finland, circa 1955. Enameled steel, glass, brass. 9 dia x 15 h inches
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”Confetti” porcelain bowl
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
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”Confetti” porcelain bowl
Hans Munck Andersen
Danish Porcelain
”Confetti” porcelain bowl. Signed with monogram HMA . Dated 1981. We ship this item worldwide, please write to contact@apetersen.dk for shipping options and prices.
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Pair of Pendants by Hans Agne Jakobsson
Hans Agne Jakobsson
Vintage 1960s Swedish Chandeliers and Pendants
A pair of pendants designed by Hans Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, circa 1960s. Perforated polished brass. New wiring required.
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Swedish Flatweave Rug by Elsa Gullberg
Vintage 1940s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
Wool
"Halerkin" Flatwoven Swedish rug in tapestry technique and a bit of Rosengång.Designed:diagonal rows of small diamonds in mostly red and brown nuances. Possibly designed and woven at E...
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"The Round Chair" by Hans J. Wegner
FK Gallery
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"The Round Chair" by Hans J. Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1940s Danish Armchairs
The Round chair in oak - Early model with cane covered back - Designed by Maa. Hans J. Wegner - Made by Johannes Hansen Cabinetmakers Denmark. Original condition.
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Pierre Forsell carafe in brass produced by Skultun...
Pierre Forssell
Vintage 1950s Swedish Pitchers
Brass
Rare Pierre Forsell carafe in brass produced by Skultuna in Sweden.
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Hans Agne Jakobsson Brass Pendants
Hans Agne Jakobsson
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Four Perforated Brass Pendants Designed by Hans Agne Jakobsson
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"Paradiset" Sofa by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist, 1957...
Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Beech, Wool
Kerstin H. Holmquist created a unique collection of upholstered pieces for NK, Nordiska Kompaniet in 1956-1957. She was employed at NK Triva, a furniture workshop and architect studio w...
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Paavo Tynell Floor Lamps Model K10-10
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Paavo Tynell Floor Lamps Model K10-10
Paavo Tynell, Taito-idman
Vintage 1950s Finnish Floor Lamps
Brass, Cane, Metal
Paavo Tynell. Floor lamps, pair. Idman. Finland, 1940s. Brass, metal, painted perforated aluminum, cane. Measures: 10 diameter x 64.5 H inches. Impressed with manufacturer’s mark Idm...
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Cutlery in Stainless Steel by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
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Cutlery in Stainless Steel by Arne Jacobsen
Anton Michelsen, Arne Jacobsen
Vintage 1950s Danish More Dining and Entertaining
AJ cutlery in stainless steel, consisting of 100 parts. Manufactured by A. Michelsen. Six dinner knives, four lunch knives, six butter knives, ten dinner forks, nine spoons, eight lunc...
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Ib Kofod-Larsen Elizabeth Chair, Christensen & Lar...
Vintage 1950s Danish Lounge Chairs
Leather, Teak
Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Elizabeth' chair with exposed teak frame, upholstered with original black dyed natural leather. Designed by Ib Kofoed Larsen 1956, executed and marked by cabinetmaker...
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"Schackrutig Brun" Swedish Rug
JP Willborg
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"Schackrutig Brun" Swedish Rug
Vintage 1950s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
"Schackrutan" flat-woven Swedish rug with some squares party filled with white cotton pile (new worn) making this a "half pile rug." The woven base is in weft faced tapestry technique. ...
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Model JH701 armchairs by Hans J. Wegner for Johann...
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Stainless Steel, Teak
16 armchairs by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen. Model: JH701. Design 1965. Teak, chrome plated steel, black leather and inlaid wenge in backrest. Nice original condition.
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Paavo Tynell Snowflake Chandelier
Paavo Tynell
Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Paavo Tynell chandelier, model 9065. Taito OY, Finland, circa 1950. Brass, perforated and enameled brass. Measures 25 dia x 20 h inches. Rare snowflake chandelier designed by Paavo Tyne...
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Candelabra, Anonymous, Sweden, 1960s
Unknown
Vintage 1960s Swedish Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver
Candelabra in sterling silver, anonymous, Sweden, 1960s.
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The Cigar Chair by Wegner
FK Gallery
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The Cigar Chair by Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs
Oak, Fabric
Easy chair GE240 - Oak frame & upholstered with New fabric by Hanne Vedel - Designed by Maa. Hans J Wegner - Edited by Getama - Danish 1950's Great condition.
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Arne Vodder desk model 51A by P. Olsen Sibast Møbl...
Arne Vodder
Vintage 1950s Danish Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Oak, Teak
Rare drop-leaf desk model 51A in teak with oak base designed by Arne Vodder. Produced by P. Olsen Sibast Møbler in Denmark.
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Ceiling Lamp in Brass by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Swed...
Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Hans-Agne Jakobsson ceiling lamp in brass. Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson in Markaryd, Sweden.
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Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa by E. Kold Christensen ...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Sofas
Steel, Leather
Rare PK-31/3 sofa in cognac brown leather with amazing patina and flat steel designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by first producer E. Kold Christensen in Denmark. Designed in 1958.
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Swedish rug-Barbro Nilsson - AB MMF BN
JP Willborg
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Swedish rug-Barbro Nilsson - AB MMF BN
Vintage 1950s Swedish Russian and Scandinavian Rugs
"Gyllenrutan ockra" ("Golden Square Ochre"). Half-pile rug designed in 1945 by Barbro Nilsson. Signed: AB MMF BN. Woven at the Märta Måås Fjetterström atelier in Båstad, southern S...
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"Farsta Terra Spirea" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Wilhelm Kåge's most esteemed pieces are from his "Farsta" series, and of these, the distinctive "Terra Spirea" vases are the most sought-after. Incised signature and studio mark to unde...
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Carl Fagerlund Chandelier for Orrefors
Carl Fagerlund
Vintage 1960s Swedish Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass
Bowl shaped chandelier by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors of Sweden, in pressed glass with glass stem and brass fitments.
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Thumb. Armchair designed by Arne Norell, Sweden. 1...
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs
Thumb. Armchair in wood and wool upholstery. Designed by Arne Norell, Sweden. 1940's.
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Rare Gunvor Olin Grönqvist Ceramic Plate for Aribi...
Arabia
Vintage 1950s Finnish Platters and Serveware
Rare Ceramic plate. Designed by Gunvor Olin Grönqvist for Aribia , Finland around 1955. He was born in 1928, Finland. Lenght 60,5 cm. € 750
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