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Gunnar Nylund

Swedish artist-designer Gunnar Nylund — who worked at iconic porcelain manufacturer Rörstrand for decades — was never satisfied with the status quo. He played with organic shapes, rich colors and dazzling patterns to create some of the most exquisite ceramic and porcelain sculptures, vessels and other furnishings and decor of the 20th century. 

Born in Paris to artists Fernanda Jacobsen-Nylund and Felix Nylund, Gunnar lived in Finland as a child but when the Finnish Civil War broke out in 1918, he moved with his mother to her native Denmark. He initially pursued architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts but cut his schooling short when he accepted a position at the Bing & Grøndahl porcelain factory, where he worked for artist Paul Gauguin’s son, Jean, for several years, creating a range of stoneware pieces.

Dissatisfied with the factory's traditional approach to art, Nylund moved on from Bing & Grøndahl and sought to create works in a modernist style. In 1929, Nylund and chemist Nathalie Krebs opened their own ceramics workshop called Saxbo in Saxbo, Denmark. The company’s works garnered praise at a Svenskt Tenn exhibition, and the prestigious Swedish manufacturer Rörstrand offered Nylund a position as creative director.

While he later worked for Nymolle Ceramic Factory in Denmark for a short period, Nylund produced his most famous works while employed by Rörstrand. Fresh ideas and methods intrigued Nylund and he was always eager to try new techniques at the manufacturer. He worked in the Art Deco style, creating warm-toned matte-glazed stoneware sculptures and ceramic tableware that are devoid of lavish ornamentation. Later, he crafted numerous figurines and highly stylized animal sculptures. Nylund’s work can be found at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Designmuseum Denmark and elsewhere.

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Gunnar Nylund, Table Lamp, Stoneware, Sweden, 1940s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in High Point, NC
A blue and brown-glazed stoneware table lamp designed by Gunnar Nylund and produced by Rörstrand, Sweden, 1940s. Dimensions of Lamp (inches): 11.3” H x 5” Diameter Dimensions of Sha...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Stoneware

"Sommerso" Vases by Gunnar Nylund for Strömbergshyttan, Sweden
By Strombergshyttan, Asta Stromberg, Gunnar Nylund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Group of 5 “sommerso” type vases. Designed by Gunnar Nylund and Asta Strömberg. Manufactured by Strömbergshyttan in Sweden during the 1950s. Colored glass cased in clear glass techni...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Gunnar Nylund

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Art Glass

A Classic Elegant "Aro" Ceramic Bowl by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A Classic "Aro" Ceramic bowl by Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, Sweden, 1960s. A timeless and sophisticated "Aro" bowl crafted by Gunnar Nylund showcases exquisite shades in blue and brow...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Ceramic

Midcentury Modern Rare Pair of Vases Gunnar Nylund Rörstrand, Sweden, 1940s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
These pieces were made in Sweden at Rörstrand factory and designed by Gunnar Nylund in the 1940-1950s. This is the small size vase and the large vase called "Charmotte". The name in...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Tall Rörstrand "Rubus" Table Lamp by Gunnar Nylund, Sweden 1950s
By Carl-Harry Stålhane, Gunnar Nylund, Saxbo, Rörstrand, Arne Bang
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Tall ceramic table lamp by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand, Sweden. It´s part of the "Rubus" series and was designed and made in the 1950s to 1960s. The lamp has a structured, tactile s...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Ceramic, Fabric

Colorful Four Piece Art Glass Decanter Collection by Strombergshyttan Studio
By Strombergshyttan, Asta Stromberg, Gunnar Nylund
Located in Chicago, IL
A collection of four vintage art glass decanters by Swedish Design Studio Strombergshyttan. Colors include; bold yellow glass, green, blue and red, each having a black glass ring aro...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Blown Glass

Set of 8 Stoneware Vases by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden, 1950s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, rorstrand studio
Located in Malmö, SE
A set of eight beautiful stoneware vases with amazing and rare glaze. Designed by Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden, 1950s. Excellent condition. Incised signature "GN" and maker...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Gunnar Nylund

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Midcentury Modern Ceramic Vase Gunnar Nylund Rörstrand, Sweden, 1950s
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
This wonderful vase was created and designed by Gunnar Nylund at the Rörstrand Factory in the 1950s, Sweden. The peacock pattern gives a nice life to the incredible glaze. Very ni...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gunnar Nylund

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Ceramic

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Gunnar Nylund furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gunnar Nylund furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gunnar Nylund were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Rörstrand, Carl-Harry Stålhane, and Stig Lindberg. Prices for Gunnar Nylund furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $165 and can go as high as $20,573, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,200.

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