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Ole Wanscher Sofas

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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Creator: Ole Wanscher
Senator 3-Seat Sofa in Teak by Ole Wanscher for France and Son, Denmark
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Halle, DE
Scandinavian senator 3-seat sofa in teakwood, designed by Ole Wanscher and manufactured by France and Son, Denmark. Cushions have been reupholstered with fabrics by JAB Anstötz. Man...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Teak

Ole Wanscher #166 Sofa for Cado in Senator Oak
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scandinavian modern sofa designed by Ole Wanscher in 1951 and manufactured by Cado (France & Son). Striking and comfortable seating addition to home or business setting. Please confi...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Oak, Upholstery

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.  
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Upholstery, Mahogany, Rosewood

Ole Wanscher Sofa Model 116 / Senator Produced by France & Son in Denmark
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare sofa model 116 / Senator designed by Ole Wanscher. Produced by France & Son in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Teak

PJ-149/2 Colonial Sofa by Ole Wanscher for P. Jeppesen, Denmark 1960s
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Basel, BS
The Colonial chair is one of Danish designer, Ole Wanscher’s key designs, drawing influence from British and French colonial furniture from the 18th & 19th centuries. Wanscher disagr...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

1960s Sofa by Ole Wanscher for Cado Danish Design
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Neuss, NW
Classic 3-seater-sofa from the 1960s. Model Senator by Ole Wanscher for CADO. High-quality solid teak frame. The original spring core has been reupholstered and covered with a high-q...
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1960s Danish Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Upholstery, Teak

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with vintage aniline leather. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Rare Ole Wanscher Sofa for J. Jeppesen, Denmark, 1950
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An outstanding, very rare 2-seater sofa designed by Ole Wanscher, manufactured by J. Jeppesen in Denmark around 1950. This impressive piece is really well made by on of the greate...
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1950s Danish Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Three Seat Sofa by Ole Wanscher in Natural Leather and Walnut
By P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Ole Wanscher
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher for P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, three-seater sofa, leather, walnut, Denmark, 1950s. This sofa, upholstered in nicely but smooth aged natural leather upholstery is still i...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Walnut

OW149-2 Colonial Sofa in Walnut Oil by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
The OW149-2 Colonial sofa was designed by Ole Wanscher in 1964. Manufactured in very small quantities, the design was virtually unknown until Carl Hansen & Søn launched the entire Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Walnut, Leather

Ole Wanscher Three Seat Sofa in Red Leather and Teak
By P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Ole Wanscher
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Wanscher for P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, three-seater sofa, leather, teak, Denmark, 1950s. This sofa, upholstered in nicely but smooth aged red leather upholstery is still in a ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Black Leather Sofa with Mahogany Frame
By Ole Wanscher
Located in London, GB
Freestanding three seater sofa with mahogany frame designed by Ole Wanscher. Sides, seat and back upholstered with black leather. This example made 1960s by cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather

1960s Restored Danish Ole Wanscher Sofa by Cado, Include Custom Upholstery
By Cado, Ole Wanscher
Located in Knebel, DK
Mahogany sofa designed by Ole Wanscher and manufactured by Cado. The elegant sofa feature organic shapes and excellent craftmanship with lots of small details. The sofa has been re...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Teak

Ole Wanscher Sofa
By A. J. Iversen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher sofa produced by A.J. Iversen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Fabric, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Senator Sofa In Teak + Cream Wool
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Ole Wanscher Manufacturer: France + Søn Era: 1960s Materials: Teak, Leather Measurements: 71.5? wide x 27? deep x 29.5? tall Seat: 67.5? wide x 20” de...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian PJ112 Sofa 3 Seats by Ole Wanscher
By Poul Jeppesen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern scandinavian PJ112 sofa 3 seats by Ole Wanscher. Newly upholstered in Gabriel Step Melange fabric #68162.
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1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Velvet, Mahogany

Danish Teak Senator 3-Seater Sofa by Ole Wanscher for France & Son
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian sofa. Structure in solid Teak, seats and cushions in new Gabriel “Step Mixture” fabric, great comfort. Sober and very elegant design. Very good build quality. 2 a...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Colonial sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PJ 149/2 - 'Colonial' 2-seater sofa in rosewood with cushions in black patinated leather. Ole Wanscher / P. Jeppesen
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Rosewood

Vintage Scandinavian 3-Seater Senator Sofa and Chair by Ole Wanscher for Cado
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This elegant Senator lounge set, consists of a three-seater sofa and armchair, was designed by Ole Wanscher for the Danish Cado manufacture in the 1960s. The frame is made of wood in...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Senator Sofa in Teak by Ole Wanscher for France & Son, 1950s
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Three seater sofa designed by Ole Wanscher for France & Søn in Denmark, 1960’s. Model ’Senator 166’. This Senator series features a teak wood frame with an angled open back, legs and...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Wool, Teak

Scandinavian Sofa by Ole Wanscher FD 109 Wool Bouclé, 1960s
By Ole Wanscher, France & Daverkosen
Located in Paris, FR
Renowned Danish designer Ole Wanscher is credited for being influential during the height of the acclaimed Scandinavian design movement that took place during the Mid-century era. Hi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Teak

Vintage Danish Mid Century Mahogany Sofa by Ole Wanscher for Poul Jeppesen
By Ole Wanscher
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is beautiful Scandinavian Modern sofa Model PJ112 in mahogany designed by professor Ole Wanscher and manufactured by Poul Jeppesen in Denmark in the 1960s. This comfortable couc...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Mahogany

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 Sofas

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Mahogany, Wool

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Cado, Ole Wanscher
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with tan aniline leather. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Teak 'Senator' Sofa
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This teak high-back two-seat sofa was designed by Ole Wanscher as part of his 'Senator' line, circa 1960s. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Upholstery, Teak

OW149-2 Colonial Sofa in Oak White Oil by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
The OW149-2 colonial sofa was designed by Ole Wanscher in 1964. Manufactured in very small quantities, the design was virtually unknown until Carl Hansen & Søn launched the entire Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Oak, Leather

Set Teak 3-Seater Senator Bench & Chair by Ole Wanscher for PJ Furniture A/S
By Ole Wanscher, PJ Furniture
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Set teak 3-seater senator bench & chair by Ole Wanscher for PJ Furniture A/S,1960s, This is a beautiful set of a three-seater sofa and 1 armchair from the 1960s by Ole Wanscher fo...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Teak

Ole Wanscher, Brazilian, Rosewood and Leather Upholstery Sofa
By Ole Wanscher
Located in London, GB
Ole Wanscher Brazilian rosewood and leather upholstery sofa For A.J. Iversen. Brazilian rosewood and leather upholstery. Dimension: H 82 x W 210 x D 74 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Rosewood

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 Sofas

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Velvet, Beech

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, France & Søn
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with light grey 100 % New Zealand Divina wool. Made of solid mahogany. Model Senator, made by France & Son.   
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Wool, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Black Leather Sofa with Rosewood Frame
By Ole Wanscher
Located in London, GB
Freestanding three seater sofa with Brazilian rosewood frame by Ole Wanscher. Seat, sides and back upholstered with black leather. Made by cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen. Fair conditi...
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1960s European Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather

Three-Seat Sofa, Model Senator 166 by Ole Wanscher for France & Son, 1950s
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Lejre, DK
Three-seat sofa, model Senator 166, designed by Ole Wanscher in 1951 for France & Son. The sofa is in teak and upholstered in dark wool.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Wool, Teak

Pj 149 Sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ole Wanscher PJ 149 - 'Colonial' 2 seater sofa in rosewood and original black leather cushions. Maker PJ Furniture.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Rosewood

Danish Mahogany & Pattern Fabric 3-Seat Sofa by Ole Wanscher for Poul Jepessen,
By Ole Wanscher, Poul Jeppesen
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian sofa. Structure in solid mahogany, seats and cushions in fabric, very comfortable. Sober and very elegant design. Very good build quality. Furniture listed on the...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Fabric, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Sofa / Loveseat
By A. J. Iversen, Ole Wanscher
Located in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire
Extra special rare loveseat / sofa designed by Ole Wanscher for master cabinet maker A J Iversen, 1950s, Denmark. Extremely high quality piece, very elegant and comfortable.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Mahogany

OW603 Sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
The OW603 sofa by Ole Wanscher is a classic and luxurious three-seat sofa ideal for larger modern interiors. This masterpiece from 1960 was inspired by classic English and Oriental f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Fabric, Oak

OW602 Sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
-Available in other wood finish options: oak lacquer, oak oil, oak white oil, oak soap, smoked oil -Upholstery options include graded-in fabrics, leathers, COM/COL -Priced as: Oak Oi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Oak, Leather, Fabric

OW149-2 Colonial Sofa in Oak Painted Black by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
The OW149-2 Colonial sofa was designed by Ole Wanscher in 1964. Manufactured in very small quantities, the design was virtually unknown until Carl Hansen & Søn launched the entire Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Oak, Leather

Colonial 2-Seat Sofa, Model OW149-2, by Ole Wanscher, 1960s
By P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Ole Wanscher
Located in Lejre, DK
Colonial 2-seat sofa, model OW149-2, designed by Ole Wanscher in 1964 and manufactured by P. Jeppesen in the 1960s. The sofa is of rosewood with black leather cushions and is in grea...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Rosewood

Sofa “Colonial” Designed by Ole Wanscher for P. Jeppesen, Denmark, 1950s
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brazilian rosewood and black leather.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Leather, Rosewood

Sofa by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher
Located in London, GB
A sofa by Ole Wanscher (1903-1985). Produced by A. J. Iversen. Denmark, 1930s.
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Ole Wanscher Sofas

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Velvet, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher, Two-Seat Sofa, Leather, Wood, for A.J. Iversen, Denmark, 1950s
By Ole Wanscher, A. J. Iversen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare two-seat sofa / settee / loveseat. Designed by Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen, Denmark, 1940s-1950s. In leather and stained wood.
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Ole Wanscher Sofa
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ole Wanscher sofa designed in 1962 and produced by France & Son.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ole Wanscher Sofas

Ole Wanscher sofas for sale on 1stDibs

Ole Wanscher sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Ole Wanscher sofas to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 28 vintage editions of these items, while there are 11 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original sofas by Ole Wanscher were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Frits Henningsen, Illum Wikkels and Fritz Hansen. Ole Wanscher sofas can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,300 and tops out at $46,254, while pieces like these can sell for $7,257 on average.

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