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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 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 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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Hans Wegner Armchairs Model JH-501 by Johannes Hansen in Denmark
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare armchair model JH-501, the chair designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by Johannes Hansen in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Cane, Teak

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

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 Dallas, TX
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

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

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Highland, IN
Renowned for it's beautiful design and incredible comfort, the Papa Bear chair has become an icon of 20th century Danish design. This exceptional example of Wegner's masterpiece is i...
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Teak, Upholstery

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

Ib Kofod-Larsen Elizabeth Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
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 condi...
Category

1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Rosewood

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

Svante Skogh Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chair by Säffle Möbelfabrik, Sweden
By Svante Skogh, Seffle Möbelfabrik
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

Danish Sofa
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A cushion less sofa with high back and button tufting with teak legs.
Category

1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Upholstery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaare Klint Faaborg chair ( pair)
By Kaare Klint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kaare Klint Faaborg chair Kaare Klint approached each of his pieces with tremendous thought as to its intent as well as its appeal, he is considered a pioneer of modern design, co...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Cane, Mahogany, Leather

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

Fabric, Mahogany

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

Ole Wanscher Lounge Chair
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher Lounge Chair Produced by P. Jeppesen.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Teak, Leather

Set of Six Stacking Armchairs by Hans Wegner & Johannes Hansen
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A set of six stackable beech armchairs with black woven chairs.
Category

1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak

Teak and Cane Armchair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak armchair retaining the original cane seat and back.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Cane, Teak

Seagull Armchair by Gosta Berg
By Gosta Berg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Armchair and ottoman upholstered in beige suede with steel base.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Vintage Swedish Mid-Century Leather Swivel Arm Chair
Located in Atlanta, GA
Swedish Mid-Century leather swivel armchair c. 1960. With a smooth swivel mechanism and new leather upholstery, it combines luxury with practicality. Teak veneered base. Newly r...
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Swedish Mid-Century High Back Lounge Chair by Bengt Ruda - COM Ready
By Bengt Ruda
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very special lounge arm chair by Swedish furniture designer Bengt Ruda, who designed furniture for Nordiska Kompaniet in the early 1950s. This chair has been fully restored, reuph...
Category

1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Leather Strap Chair Attributed to Borge Mogensen
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Scandinavian Mid-century Modern design leather lounge / club / slipper chair with back and seat supported by leather straps.
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Black Leather Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black Leather Sofa in original vintage leather.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak, Leather

Oak and Cane Easy Chair by Larsen and Madsen
By Willy Beck, Ejner Larsen, Aksel Bender Madsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare Scandinavian Modern armchair designed by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen. The design features oak and caned in a modern linear form. Produced by Willy Beck in Denmark, circ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Cane, Oak

Carl Malmsten Armchair
By Carl Malmsten
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carl Malmsten armchair. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Birch, Fabric

Ole Wanscher "Colonial " arm chair
By Poul Jeppesen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher "Colonial" arm chair designed in 1949 produced by P. Jeppesen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany, Cane

Frits Henningsen Sofa
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen sofa
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Mahogany, Fabric

Ole Wanscher Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher sofa produced by A.J. Iversen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Hans Wegner GE-240 Sofa
By GETAMA, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans Wegner GE-240 sofa designed in 1955 and produced by GETAMA.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Fabric, Oak

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

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Mid Century Swedish Bent Beech Wood Hoop Chairs
By Gemla
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
Produced by Gemla of Sweden with a glossy lacquered finish over beech wood with chenille seat and back cushions Priced as a pair but also available individually
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Beech

Hans Wegner Ox Chair and Ottoman
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hans Wegner Ox Chair and Ottoman manufactured by A.P. Stolen, 1960's
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Wingback Armchair by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, GETAMA
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wingback lounge armchair with a teak frame, retaining the original grey wool upholstery.
Category

1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak, Upholstery

Oak and Papercord Chairs by Hans Wegner
By Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak side chair with papercord woven seat.
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak, Papercord

Pair of Kaare Klint Armchairs
By Kaare Klint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Kaare Klint Armchairs Designed in 1927 and Produced by Rud Rasmussen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Oak and Leather Armchair
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak armchair with the original black leather upholstery.
Category

1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Oak

Set of Four Stacking Armchairs by Hans Wegner & Johannes Hansen
By Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A set of four stacking armchairs with cream webbed seats in beechwood.
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak

Jorgen Baekmark Mid-Century Danish Modern Six Teak Dining Chairs
Located in Water Mill, NY
Mid Century Danish Modern Six Teak Dining Chairs ...Four Side and Two Arm by Jorgen Baekmark....Also Available a 1950s Danish modern teak drop-leaf table designed by Jorgen Baekma...
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Rope, Teak

Modus Living Room Suite by Kristian Vedel
By Kristian Solmer Vedel, Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A "Modus" living room suite consisting of, three lounge chairs with rosewood frame and original black leather upholstery (removable seat cushion has single button tuft and sling back...
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum

Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of brown leather easy chairs with stainless steel frames.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Stainless Steel

Midcentury Danish Sofa
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Sleek and perfectly proportioned midcentury Danish Setee newly re-upholstered in a Purple Knoll Proenza Schouler fabric.
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak

Pair of Safari Chairs by Ole Wanscher
By PJ Furniture, Ole Wanscher
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of oak framed Scandinavian Modern safari chairs with canvas seats and backs. Made in Denmark by PJ Furniture, circa 1960s. Measure: 23.5" arm height. Danish architect and ...
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Oak, Canvas

Mid Century Modern Teak Arm Chair
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid Century Modern teak side arm chair in a espresso finish with new sunny yellow upholstery. Beautiful sleek and elegant design. A great addition to any room.
Category

1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Teak

Ole Wanscher Two-Seat Settee
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher two-seat settee in mahogany with leather.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Mahogany, Leather

"Capri" Swivel Lounge by Johannes Andersen
By Johannes Andersen
Located in Hingham, MA
An original "Capri" swivel lounge chair designed in 1958 by Johannes Andersen for Trensum of Sweden. This chair produced in 1960. Amazingly comfortable. Original red wool upholster...
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Wool