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Dux of Sweden

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Today, Swedish manufacturer DUX’s most popular furniture lines — as well as the furnishings created by its first president, Folke Ohlsson — are synonymous with the work that vintage mid-century modern design obsessives love. Also important, the brand is known for some of the most commonplace means of furniture shipping and production in the modern era.

In Sweden, Studio Ljungs Industrier AB is the large family-owned parent company of Duxiana (in America, DUX). Initially a purveyor of bedding that is today celebrated for its ergonomically guided designs, Ljungs Industrier was founded by entrepreneur (and chocolate maker) Efraim Ljung in 1926. In 1950, Folke Ohlsson, then leading Ljungs Industrier’s design team, decamped to the States to explore how he could expand DUX’s business, which at that point included a wide range of furniture. Ohlsson established a DUX office not long after he arrived in California, first in San Francisco and later in Burlingame.

On the West Coast, the booming postwar American market was eager to embrace DUX’s affordable and practical bedroom furnishings, tables, armchairs and other seating. Characterized by sleek walnut and teak frames and low-slung silhouettes, the brand’s designs were emblematic of a generation of Scandinavian modernism that had gained popularity owing to visionaries such as product designer and architect Greta Magnusson-Grossman, who arrived in California from Sweden a decade prior to Ohlsson, and Finn Juhl, who created a Danish modern line for Michigan’s Baker Furniture Company in 1951.

DUX frequently collaborated with top-tier furniture design talent — among them Bruno Mathsson, Edward Wormley and Alf Svensson, a chief designer in the Malmö, Sweden, office of Ljungs Industrier — expanding the brand’s portfolio and establishing credibility as a design source. Ohlsson’s own designs, such as his comfortable leather lounges and wool-upholstered reclining rocking chairs, continue to be among the brand’s most desirable — and most imitated — however.

In 1949, DUX put into practice an idea that Ohlsson patented for the so-called “knock-down,” or “KD,” chair, a term referencing easy, flat-pack assembly. It saved DUX space in warehouses and money on transportation and was a concept that would provide inspiration to hundreds of subsequent companies — most notably fellow Swedish brand IKEA.

Today, vintage DUX sofas and dining chairs are valuable collector’s items. Find this coveted seating and other authentic DUX furniture on 1stDibs.

Serving trolley, anonymous, for DUX, Sweden, 1960s
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Serving trolley, anonymous, for DUX, Sweden, 1960s. Rattan and bamboo. H: 78 cm W: 48 cm L: 91 cm
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Bamboo, Rattan

Lounge chairs by Folke Ohlsson for DUX, Sweden, 1960s
By Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Eskilstuna, SE
Folke Ohlssons classic lounge chair 'USA 75', produced by DUX, Sweden, during the 1960s. This pair is in excellent condition with a exceptional walnut frame. Upholstered in high qua...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dux of Sweden

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Fabric, Walnut

Folke Ohlsson Dining Table for DUX
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Folke Ohlsson. Manufacturer: DUX. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern. Specifications: Teak. Condition: These Folke Ohlsson dining table for DUX...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

Folke Ohlsson Dining Table for DUX
Folke Ohlsson Dining Table for DUX
H 28.5 in W 48 in D 37.5 in
6 Vintage Chairs DUX - Ribbon Back 1960s, Sweden - Dining chairs, Teak, Set of 6
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Hannover, DE
Set of 6 vintage dining chairs made by manufacturer DUX, Sweden in the 1960s. Model name: Ribbon Back, due to the characteristic backrest shape, which reminds to a ribbon. Displaye...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

Expertly Restored - Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs by Folke Ohlsson for Dux
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Upholstery, Foam, Walnut

Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Lounge Chair with Ottoman, annivesary edition
By Dux of Sweden, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla lounge chair with ottoman, original upholstery in fabric. Frame in black lacquered beech. Made by DUX. This is a special editon celebrating Bruno Mathsson ...
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1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Leather, Beech

Mid-Century Expanding Teak Dining Table by Folke Ohlsson for Dux
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This stunning teak dining table is a true masterpiece of Swedish design. Designed by Folke Ohlsson for Dux of Sweden in the 1960s, it's made from the highest quality teak wood and fe...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Brass

Expertly Restored - Folke Ohlsson Teak Reclining Chair with Ottoman for Dux
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Upholstery, Foam, Teak

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Dux of sweden furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Dux of Sweden furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Dux of Sweden were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in sweden during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Yngve Ekström, Folke Ohlsson, and Arne Norell. Prices for Dux of Sweden furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $895 and can go as high as $1,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,200.
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