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Scandinavian Modern Collection

Scandinavian Modern Furniture Collection (Denmark, Finland, Sweden; 1930–present)
Scandinavian Modern Furniture Collection (Denmark, Finland, Sweden; 1930–present)

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on 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 vintage 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 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.

On 1stDibs, 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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Per Weiss, Contemporary Glazed Stoneware Urn, Denmark, 2013
By Per Weiss
Located in New York, NY
A very large urn in glazed stoneware by Danish artist Per Weiss.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Stoneware

Louis Weisdorf Ceiling Lamp Model Konkylie Produced by Lyfa in Denmark
By Louis Weisdorf
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare ceiling lamp model Konkylie designed by Louis Weisdorf. Produced by Lyfa in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Sheepskin Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Scandinavian sheepskin lounge chair.
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Beech, Sheepskin

Lisa Larson Wall Mirror for Gustavsberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Whimsical Swedish Modern ceramic mirror by Lisa Larsen for Gustavsberg. With multicolored birds in relief. Signed.
Category

1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ceramic, Mirror

Hans Wegner Settee Model JH 555
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in San Francisco, CA
Beautiful and rare example by Hans Wegner, Model JH 555 for Johannes Hansen, Denmark, circa 1950. Very good original condition oak frame and original fabric, branded and tagged with...
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak

Rare NV-48 Settee by Finn Juhl
By Finn Juhl
Located in Hudson, NY
Important and early production Juhl design, rarely found. Solid teak sculptured frame with heart-shaped floating back and seat. Original leather. Handmade by Niels Vodder. Signed.
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Teak

Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Danish Cabinet Maker in Mahogany
Located in New York, NY
Eight beautiful dining chairs with inset leg detail. Handcrafted in mahogany with original wool seats.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Scandinavian Lounge Chair, Mahogany and Leather, 1960s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Scandinavian Lounge Chair, Mahogany & Leather, 1960s Excellent Condition. Worldwide shipping.
Category

1960s European Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Oversized Chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
Large chandelier designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden, circa 1960s. Newly rewired with nine porcelain Edison style sockets. Ready for installation. Some scratches o...
Category

1960s Swedish Streamlined Moderne Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Teak and Steel Desk by Larsen and Madsen
By Aksel Bender Madsen, Ejner Larsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak desk with steel frame and pulls, with a left side return housing filing shelves designed by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen. Return dimensions; 39.5" W, 17.5" D, 26.5" H.
Category

1960s Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Steel

Pair of Wall Lights Attributed to Svend Aage Holm Sorensen
Located in Long Island City, NY
A Pair of Danish wall lights, Denmark, circa 1960th. Design attributed to Svend Aage Holm Sorensen. Tinted glass and brass. Height 12.5". Existing European wiring, rewiring availa...
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Pair of Table Lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of table lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden, circa 1960s. Blue glass cubes and brass fittings. Measures: Glass base height 13.75". Base 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" Newly rewired...
Category

1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen black leather armchair. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden. Existing European wiring we do not guaranty functionality. Rewiring available upon request.
Category

1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Scandinavian Modern Wool Flat-Weave Rug "Spice Hall" by Judith Johansson
By Judith Johansson
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern Mid-Century Modern "Spice Hall" 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 backgroun...
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wool

Barbo Nilsson, AB Marta Maas-Fjetterström Carpet "Blaarp" MMF 1962
By Barbro Lundberg-Nilsson, Märta Måås-Fjetterström
Located in Houston, TX
"Blaarp" MMF Rolakan, large example, 239" x 84". Sweden, circa 1962 Barbro Nilsson, AB Marta Maas-Fjetterström  BN AB MMF Blue, white Measure: 607 x 213 cm. Handwoven wool in blue...
Category

1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wool

Jens Quistgaard Odin Flatware for Dansk, 59 Pieces
By Jens Harald Quistgaard, Løvig Design
Located in Houston, TX
Jens Quistgaard Odin for Dansk Silverware, 59 pieces. Germany, circa 1958. Stainless steel. Labeled "Dansk Design Germany."
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ceramic and Wenge Cluster Set by Jens Quistgaard
By Richard Nissen, Jens Harald Quistgaard
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A textured ceramic set with a warm glaze consisting of salt and pepper shakers and a honey pot with dripper nestled in a wenge base.   
Category

1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ceramic, Wenge

Carl Fagerlund Chandelier for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund
Located in Berlin, BE
Bowl shaped chandelier by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors of Sweden, in pressed glass with glass stem and brass fitments. To be on the the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally b...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Glass

The Cigar Chair by Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
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.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak, Fabric

Paavo Tynell Chandelier, Model K2-10, 1955
By Idman, Paavo Tynell
Located in Houston, TX
Paavo Tynell chandelier Model K2-10 Manufacture: Idman, Finland, circa 1955. Enameled steel, glass, brass. Measures: 9 diameter x 15 height inches.
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass, Steel

Svante Skogh Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chair by Säffle Möbelfabrik, Sweden
By Seffle Möbelfabrik, Svante Skogh
Located in New York, NY
A dramatic Scandinavian Modern Mid-Century armchair with a polished solid beech wood frame by Svante Skogh for Säffle Möbelfabrik. This chair has been completely restored and re-upho...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wood

Frits Henningsen Arm Chair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen arm chair With Original Horsehair Material
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Mahogany

"Holscher" Chair by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark, 1952
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in New York, NY
"Holscher" chair with welded steel tube frame and natural halyard seat and back. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark, 1952. Measure: Seat height 13.5".
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Large 6 Armed Scandinavian Double Glass Chandelier. Manner of Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Large chandelier with 6 double glass pendants. White metal armature with two variations in armlenght. The shades have opaline white inner shades with amber coloured glass outer shade...
Category

1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Solid Brass Paavo Tynell Wall Lamp
By Paavo Tynell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An interesting wall lamp by Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy. SIlk shade and solid brass construction.
Category

1950s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Large Organic Form Stoneware Pot by B & G
Located in Hudson, NY
Unique organic form stoneware pot by Danish pottery factory, Bing & Grundahl, mid-century modern, signed by artist Agnethe Jorgensen with monogram
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Vintage Swedish Red Art Glass Vase by Erik Höglund for Boda
By Erik Hoglund, Kosta Boda
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Swedish Red Art Glass Vase by Erik Hoglund for Boda (1932 - 1998). Engraved on bottom: "H 961/160."
Category

20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Blown Glass

Colorful Vintage Swedish Wall Hanging
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vivid wall hanging from 1960's Sweden of forest on tomato red/orange red ground. Silk screened on burlap. "Old New Stock" from a department store in Sweden that went out of busines...
Category

1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Fabric

Kaare Klint Bergere armchair
By Kaare Klint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Klint was a mastermind of design, named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by London's Royal Society of Arts. He was known, and most proud, of his analytical work and the meticulou...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Mahogany, Cane, Leather

Arne Jacobsen, Armchair, the Lily, Model 3208
Located in San Francisco, CA
Armchair with teak shell and armrests, chromed tubular steel base. Designed in 1970. Produced by Fritz Hansen, year 1970. (Capsule underneath seat stamped 1970). Both first editions ...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Kähler Pottery Vase
Located in Hudson, NY
Unusual tall vase from the Kähler Pottery factory in Denmark, in white with thick black applique in an animal pattern, signed O. Knudsen, HAK.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Mogens Kold Extension Table
By Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish modern extension table in Brazilian rosewood by Mogens Kold (with 2 leaves)
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Copper & Glass Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
Brushed aluminum in a copper coated finish. Newly rewired to US standards. New 6 foot white cord.
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum, Copper

Set of 4 Candleholders by Sigurd Persson
By Sigurd Persson
Located in Long Island City, NY
Set of four rhomb-shaped brass Candleholders designed by Sigurd Persson (1914-2003) Sweden. Solid brass cylindrical base with polished rhomb plate. Each example marked: SIG.P
Category

1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Fritz Henningsen Coffee Table
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rosewood coffee table with two drawers by Fritz Henningsen.
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Rosewood

Frits Henningsen Armchair
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen Armchair
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Vintage Wegner Poster in Wyeth Frame
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare vintage poster of the cover art for the Hans J. Wegner book "Sitting Pretty". Framed by Wyeth in oak with leather inset trim.
Category

1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ash, Leather, Oak, Paper

Frits Henningsen Settee
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen Settee. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Rare Tapio Wirkkala Sterling Punch Pourer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Party accessory is also a beautiful sculpture. Ball with spouts is submerged in punchbowl to fill, Additionally, the rosewood handle has opening to accept a tube or tap for shots. Fu...
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Verner Panton Cone Bar Stool
By Plus-Linje, Verner Panton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Verner Panton cone bar stool designed in 1958 and produced by Plus-Linje. Note: We have several more stools. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

"Knight in Profile", Unique Charger by Stalhane for Rorstrand
By Joel Shane
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An important and early work by Carl-Harry Stalhane, this unique charger is Picassoesque in style and is glazed with brilliant colors.
Category

1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Terracotta Female Bust Signed Hedegaard
By Royal Copenhagen, Johannes Hedegaard
Located in Great Barrington, MA
An exceptional terracotta bust produced at Alumina, a Danish factory established in Copenhagen in 1863, later becoming Royal Copenhagen, by Johannes Hedegaard (1915-1999). This femal...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Terracotta

Fabricius & Kastholm Dining Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Round table with top in 4 walnut sections, with metal legs. From the 1960's.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Mid-20th Century Yellow Swedish Rug by Ingegerd Silow at Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
High-quality mid-20th century yellow Swedish rug by Ingegerd Silow. Size: 6'6" × 9'5" (198 × 287 cm). The history of Swedish rugs is full of extraordinary individuals, who managed ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wool

Harp Chair Attributed to Jorgen Hovelskov
By Jørgen Høvelskov
Located in Atlanta, GA
A nice vintage Harp chair was likely designed by Jorgen Hovelskov and manufactured by Christensen & Larsen, Mobelhadvaerk, Copenhagen in 1960s. Its unique form was inspired by a Viki...
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Giraffe Chairs by Arne Jacobsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Arne Jacobsen Giraffe chairs in original green fabric from the SAS hotel.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Kaare Klint Sofa by Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Kaare Klint three-seat sofa in original leather on a Cuban mahogany frame and produced by cabinetmaker Rud Rasmussen.
Category

1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Arne Jacobsen "SAS" Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Arne Jacobsen "SAS" chairs designed in 1956 and produced by Fritz Hansen
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather

Fine Illum Wikkelsø Teak and Stainless Steel Cocktail Table by Mikael Laursen
By A. Mikael Laursen
Located in Miami, FL
.Great scale and presence with this Danish solid staved teak table designed by Illum Wikkelsø for A. Mikael Laursen. Showing a Poul Kjaerholm design influence with wide flat bar brus...
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Stainless Steel

Carl Malmsten "Samsas" Sofa
By Carl Malmsten
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carl Malmsten "Samsas" Sofa Produced By O. H. Sjogren
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Birch, Fabric

Stoneware Vase by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in New York, NY
Handmade stoneware pitcher with applied handle and pale green feather glaze. Signed on underside.
Category

1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Finnish Polychrome Carved Wood Relief
By A. Tamme
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a rosewood background, this carved and painted wood relief depicts a horn blower enchanting birds on a sunny summer day. Signed A. Tamme.
Category

1950s Finnish Folk Art Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wood

Five Diamond Wall Lamp by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Hanover, MA
Diamond shaped wall sconce by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen for HOLM SORENSEN, Denmark, 1960's. The diamonds are formed from cut sheet steel which has been faux-patinated to have the app...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Axel Salto Vase
By Axel Salto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Axel Salto Vase Produced by Royal Copenhagen
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Borge Mogensen Lounge Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Borge Mogensen lounge chairs in leather with lacquered wood legs.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Wood

Collection of Krenit Bowls, Denmark
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A great collection of Krenit bowls, Denmark, circa 1950s.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Grete Jalk Stool
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Adjustable teak stool w/distressed black leather upholstered seat
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wood, Leather

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