Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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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Hans Agne Jacobsen pendant lamp Markaryd, Sweden, 1960s
Finn Juhl Easy Armchair, Model 136
Patrick Parrish
Swedish carpet
Nilufar Gallery
Josef Frank Bookcase Circa 1950
Pierre Passebon Galerie Du Passage
Hans Wegner AP-27 Lounge Chair
Hans  Wegner Valet Chair for Johannes Hansen
Adam Edelsberg
Borge Mogensen Leather Hoop Chair, 1950
Just in Modern
Shaker Bench by Børge Mogensen
FK Gallery
Swedish Rug by Sofia Widen, Signed
Doris Leslie Blau LLC
Bergboms Floor Lamp, Sweden, 1960sOn Hold
Harris Dean Gallery LLC
Cabinet by Børge Mogensen
Sam Kaufman Gallery
Two-Seat Sofa NV53 by Finn Juhl
Jens Quistgaard Desk
Large Teak Bowl by Finn Juhl
Pair of Mix Chairs by Kaare Klint
Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery
Table lamp by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
Pair of Rosewood Ib Kofod-Larsen Elizabeth Chairs
Galleri Feldt
Kai Kristiansen Rosewood Loveseat
Indre By Design
Coat rack by Adam Hoff & Poul Østergaard
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
Nesting Tables by Kjaerholm
FK Gallery
"The Egg" Chair by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
cutting board by Kay Bojesen
”Confetti” porcelain bowl
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
China Chair by Hans J. Wegner
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
"The Round Chair" by Hans J. Wegner
FK Gallery
Rosewood Mirror by Jens Quistgaard
Sam Kaufman Gallery
Cutlery in Stainless Steel by Arne Jacobsen
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
settee by Carl Malmsten
Wright Now
Poul Henningsen Extremely Rare Piano Lamp
Anders Larsen
"Schackrutig Brun" Swedish Rug
JP Willborg
Set of 20 Armchairs by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes HansenOn Hold
Roxy Klassik
Holmegaard Pendant Lamp Set 1960
Mass Modern Design
Rosewood Ib Kofod Larsen Credenza
Indre By Design
The Cigar Chair by Wegner
FK Gallery
Swedish rug-Barbro Nilsson - AB MMF BN
JP Willborg
Jens Quistgaard Teak Magazine Rack, 1960s
Lost City Arts
Iron Roaster by Jens H. Quistgaard
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
Sculptural Plywood Chair
FK Gallery
Cabinet Designed by HI-Gruppen, Sweden 1960s
The Colonial Chair by Ole Wanscher
FK Gallery
Sofa by Kaare Klint
The Modern Warehouse
Ludvig Pontoppidan Sofa
The Apartment
Vintage Kalmar Glass Box Chandelier
Sawhorse Chair by Hans J. Wegner
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
Oak Elephant by Kay Bojesen, 1960s
A. Petersen  Collection & Craft
Ceramic Vase by Rörstrand
Robert Stilin
Rosewood Arne Vodder Desk
Indre By Design
Hans Wegner Mahogany Desk
Harris Lindsay LTD
Kaare Klint Loveseat
ROARK modern, inc.