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Ole Wanscher

Danish, 1903-1985

A scholar and architect with the heart of an artist, Ole Wanscher helped define the functional, clean-cut style that formed the core of modern Danish furniture design. Influenced heavily by his world travels, Wanscher gained inspiration from English, Asian, Egyptian and traditional Shaker furniture, and he incorporated elements from these styles into his revered mid-century designs.

Wanscher’s deep respect for the use of traditional materials such as quality wood is reflected in his work, which is valued for being both beautiful and built to last. He was also a leader in the postwar “design for everyone” movement, creating many pieces intended for everyday life within the small confines of the average Danish household. Later, Wanscher became a prolific writer on the subject of furniture design. He is considered one of the most significant influences on the world of Scandinavian modernism.

The son of an art historian and a painter, Wanscher studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 1925 to 1927, Wanscher worked under the great Danish designer and professor Kaare Klint, who became one of the greatest stylistic influences on his output. Wanscher would go on to work as a professor at the academy from 1955 to 1973.

Wanscher founded his own furniture manufacturing company in 1929. Here he employed the top cabinetmakers of the day, most notably A.J. Iversen, with whom Wanscher collaborated for many years. While the workshop produced seductive handmade furniture with organic materials such as teak and mahogany, Wanscher intended to design durable seating, tables and more for the mass market — he was committed to making quality furniture available to a wider audience.

Of all of Wanscher’s designs, he is perhaps best known for his Colonial chair. This piece — which is part of a collection for Danish manufacturer P. Jeppesens that includes a sofa and a coffee table — exemplifies his penchant for combining minimalist design with traditional craftsmanship. Wanscher’s dining room tables, such as the Rungstedlund table, also epitomize the elegance of his work’s simple silhouettes and careful construction. These sleek tables serve as an ideal centerpiece for both modern and traditionally styled dining rooms, highlighting the versatility of Wanscher’s work.

Wanscher received a gold medal for his exemplary work at the 1960 Milan Triennale. He also received the Copenhagen Carpenters’ Guild Annual Award. Though Wanscher passed away in 1985, his iconic designs and scholarly writings remain relevant to this day.

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Iconic Designs from Ole Wanscher
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Colonial Chair
Colonial Chair
Rungstedlund Dining Chair
Rungstedlund Dining Chair
Colonial Sofa
Colonial Sofa
Rungstedlund Table
Rungstedlund Table
Danish Modern Dining Chairs
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Priced individually. 3 available. Price includes your choice upholstery. Original textile on seats is horsehair; useable but flawed condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher

Materials

Mahogany

  • Danish Modern Dining Chairs
  • Danish Modern Dining Chairs
  • Danish Modern Dining Chairs
  • Danish Modern Dining Chairs
H 31 in. W 19.5 in. D 20 in.
Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Dronten, NL
Sofa designed by Ole Wanscher for Fritz Hansen in the original red velvet. The velvet has two small repairable pinholes in the seat, but is otherwise in great vintage condition. Th...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Velvet, Beech

  • Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
  • Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
  • Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
  • Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
H 28.75 in. W 69.69 in. D 28.75 in.
Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofa made by Master Craftspersons
By Ole Wanscher
Located in San Francisco, CA
A sofa with tight seat and back, of blue shantung upholstery and mahogany legs. Original condition.  
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany, Rosewood

Pair Ole Wanscher Rosewood Arm Chairs
By Ole Wanscher
Located in New York, NY
Fine pair of Ole Wanscher arm chairs, in original finish, with original cushions. Solid Rosewood construction.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

Materials

Rosewood

  • Pair Ole Wanscher Rosewood Arm Chairs
  • Pair Ole Wanscher Rosewood Arm Chairs
  • Pair Ole Wanscher Rosewood Arm Chairs
  • Pair Ole Wanscher Rosewood Arm Chairs
H 29 in. W 24 in. D 26 in.
Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A sofa with a raised, tight back and sloping arms, retaining the original upholstery, on Cuban mahogany legs.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

Materials

Mahogany, Wool

  • Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
  • Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
  • Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
  • Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
H 30 in. W 80 in. D 29 in.
Ole Wanscher Danish Modern Model 120 Rocking Chair
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Garnerville, NY
Ole Wanscher Danish Modern Model 120 rocking chair. Circa 1960-70. Solid teak frame. Retains the France and Sons button. Heavy neutral colored upholstery. Structurally sound and ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

Materials

Teak, Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Armchairs Model PJ149 by Ole Wanscher for Poul Jeppesen
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of mid-century armchairs model PJ149 by Ole Wanscher for Poul Jeppesen - Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Ole Wanscher

Materials

Wood

Armchair by Ole Wanscher / A. J Iversen
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ole Wanscher / A J Iversen. Rare armchair in rosewood and black leather. Model J2833. Designed in 1958.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher

Materials

Rosewood

  • Armchair by Ole Wanscher / A. J Iversen
  • Armchair by Ole Wanscher / A. J Iversen
  • Armchair by Ole Wanscher / A. J Iversen
  • Armchair by Ole Wanscher / A. J Iversen
H 31.5 in. W 24.81 in. D 20.87 in.
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Colonial Coffee Table
Colonial Coffee Table
Average Price
$1,449
Number Available
2
Colonial Coffee Table
By Ole Wanscher
Materials
Wood, Mahogany
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern
With its clean lines and elegant shape, the Colonial coffee table is a quietly striking work from a master of Danish design. While Scandinavian modernism’s household names aren’t likely to include Copenhagen native Ole Wanscher (1903–85), his legacy as a designer, author and educator is integral to the field, and his postwar furniture — such as this classic table — is internationally beloved. Wanscher studied under pioneering modernist Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and ...
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Ole Wanscher furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Ole Wanscher furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Ole Wanscher collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 255 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Ole Wanscher was created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Niels Otto Møller, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Kai Kristiansen if you want to add more options. Ole Wanscher furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $795 and tops out at $66,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,614.

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