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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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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

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

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 Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
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

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

Cane, Leather, Mahogany

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

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

Arne Jacobsen for Hans Wegner Armchair
By Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Category

1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Wood

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Velvet Lounge Armchair
Located in Atlanta, GA
Dark mahogany outer frame. Hardwood inner frame. New recycled foam back and seat cushion. New luxurious high-end taupe and ivory windowpane-checked velvet upholstery fabric....
Category

20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Mahogany, Upholstery

Ole Wanscher Colonial Armchair
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher Colonial Armchair Designed in 1949 and Produced by Poul Jeppesen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Cane, Leather, Mahogany

Frits Henningsen Arm Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frits Henningsen arm chair. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Category

1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

1930s Danish Oak Windsor Chair by Frits Henningsen
By Frits Henningsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Windsor chair in oak with the original Nigerian goat red leather seat pad.
Category

1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Leather, Oak

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