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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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Ole Wanscher Colonial Chair
Ole Wanscher Colonial Chair
Rungstedlund Dining Chair
Rungstedlund Dining Chair
Rungstedlund Table
Rungstedlund Table
Wanscher Colonial Sofa
Wanscher Colonial Sofa
Ole Wanscher Set of Twelve Refinished Mahogany Dining Chairs, Custom Upholstery
By Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Ole Wanscher
Located in Knebel, DK
This set of 12 mahogany Rungstedlund dining chairs designed by Ole Wanscher were produced during the 1960s and 1970s by Poul Jeppesen Furniture. The dining chairs are part of the Rungstedlund dining furniture series designed by Ole Wanscher and named after author and adventurer Karen Blixen...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Mahogany

1960s Four Fully Restored Ole Wanscher Mahogny Lounge Chairs Custom Upholstery
By Poul Jeppesen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Four fully restored Ole Wanscher mahogny lounge chairs custom Upholstery The four Ole Wanscher lounge chairs with their modest, Classic shapes testify the simple and refined...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Large Coffee Table in Walnut by Ole Wanscher
By A. J. Iversen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern elegant Ole Wanscher coffee table in walnut. The circular top with a softly curved apron, above six chamfered legs, feet embraced with brass. Manufactured by A. J....
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1950s Danish Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Walnut

Rare Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen Set of Six Dining Chairs in Oak
By A. J. Iversen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen, set of six armchairs, model 'J3063', oak, fabric, Denmark, 1960s A rare set of mid-century dining chairs model J3063 crafted by Ole Wanscher. Drawing ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Fabric, Oak

1960s-1970s Teak Easy Chair Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Denmark
By Cado, Ole Wanscher
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
1960s-1970s Teak easy chair Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Denmark Object: easy chair Manufacturer: Cado / France & Son Condition: good - vintage Age: around 1960-1970 Dimension...
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1970s Danish Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Fabric, Teak

Ole Wanscher for Poul Jeppesen Armchair in Teak and Black Leather
By Ole Wanscher, Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher for P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, armchair, model 'PJ412', teak, leather, Denmark, 1960s Modest pair of dining chairs designed by Ole Wanscher in the 1960s. These chairs a...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iverseren Sofa in Red Leather and Teak
By Ole Wanscher, Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iverseren, sofa, leather, walnut, Denmark, 1950s/1960s Beautiful sofa in an outstanding natural color designed by Ole Wanscher during the mid-century period. T...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Lounge Chair in Mahogany
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher, chair, model 'PJ 112' mahogany, pink patterned fabric, Denmark, 1950s. This delicate Danish chair is designed by Ole Wanscher. The frame shows elegant lines, especiall...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher

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Fabric, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Lounge Chair in Mahogany
Ole Wanscher Lounge Chair in Mahogany
H 28.55 in W 26.38 in D 27.76 in
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Ole Wanscher Colonial Chair
Ole Wanscher Colonial Chair
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Ole Wanscher Colonial Chair
By Ole Wanscher
Materials
Wood, Animal Skin, Leather, Rosewood, Natural Fiber
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
In creating his seminal work, the Colonial chair, in 1949, Danish designer Ole Wanscher (1903–85) found the ideal balance between minimalism and traditionalism through a simple silhouette, slim wooden framework and plush leather cushions. While Wanscher may not be a household name today in the way that his Danish contemporaries Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner are, he played a prominent role in mid-century Scandinavian design and is greatly respected by furniture historians. Raised b...
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Rungstedlund Dining Chair
Rungstedlund Dining Chair
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$4,245
Number Available
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Rungstedlund Dining Chair
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Rungstedlund Table
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Number Available
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Wanscher Colonial Sofa
Wanscher Colonial Sofa
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Wanscher Colonial Sofa
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In 1964, Danish designer Ole Wanscher (1903–85) created for P. Jeppesens a successor to his popular 1949 Colonial chair that maintained its high quality of craftsmanship with a little extra room. The two-seater Colonial sofa, with its loose cushions on a cotton webbing base and elegant double center wooden legs, is an update on a nostalgic style that channels the functionality of Scandinavian mid-century design. The son of an art historian, Wanscher was fascinated with the history and cultur...
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Ole Wanscher furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Ole Wanscher 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 Ole Wanscher furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 330 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 14 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Ole Wanscher 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 Ib Kofod-Larsen, Arne Vodder, and Niels Otto Møller. Prices for Ole Wanscher furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $759 and can go as high as $48,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,670.

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