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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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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...
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1960s Swedish Streamlined Moderne Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

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". ...
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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 with double sockets brass...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

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.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

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...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Glass

Paavo Tynell Chandelier, Model K2-10, 1955
By Paavo Tynell, Idman
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.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass, Steel

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.
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum, Copper

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...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Antique small light by Henri Mathieu
Located in Los Angeles, CA
remember we have over three thousand antique sconces and over one thousand antique lights, we can not put everything on 1stdibs, if you need a specific pair of sconces or lights, ask...
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1960s French Malayer Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Carl Fagerlund Crystal Pendant for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Hanover, MA
Flying Saucer shaped pendant in Orrefors crystal with brass fittings designed by Carl Fagerlund.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Modern Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Modern Pendant in a cloud white enamel coated finish with amber colored glass tiles. Newly rewired to US standards.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Swedish Spun Aluminum Pendant Light Fixture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gold tinted brushed spun aluminum pendant with emerald colored glass tiles. Newly rewired to US standards
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum

Table Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Enameled steel table lamp.
Category

1950s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Steel

Swedish Modernist Dome Pendant Chandelier by Verner Schou
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fantastic dome pendant created by alternating strips of copper and black metal accented with bubble-glass insets. Copper chain and canopy. Glass diffuser around socket that takes on...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Copper, Metal

Very Large Palshus Lamp
By Per Linnemann-Schmidt, Palshus, Annelise Linnemann-Schmidt
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very large Palshus lamp
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Danish Table Lamps by Just Andersen
By Just Andersen
Located in NYC, NY
A pair of small bedside or dressing table lamps, the bases in gilt metal. Designed by Danish metalsmith extraordinaire Just Andsersen. Andersen, a...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Pair of Wall Lamps by Mauri Almari for Idman
By Idman
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of wall lamp manufactured by Idman, Finland, circa 1950s. Design by Mauri almari. Marked - Idman. Featured in Idman catalog number 143. Adjustable, coated aluminum shades wit...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Table Lamp in Oak and Opal Glass Model Toad by Timo Niskanen
By Himmee, Timo Niskanen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Scandinavian small table lamp poplar plywood and oak Toad model for Timo Niskanen Himmee. comtempotraine design. New product. Works with E14 bulbs. Timo Niskanen is a young designer of the finnish avant-garde, the Møbler Gallery met in Stockholm. We had him for love at heart and we wanted to offer these contemporary lighting among vintage furniture pieces...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Opal

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