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Scandinavian Modern Collection

Scandinavian Modern Furniture Collection (Denmark, Finland, Sweden; 1930–present)
Scandinavian Modern Furniture Collection (Denmark, Finland, Sweden; 1930–present)

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Louis Weisdorf Ceiling Lamp Model Konkylie Produced by Lyfa in Denmark
By Louis Weisdorf
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare ceiling lamp model Konkylie designed by Louis Weisdorf. Produced by Lyfa in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Oversized Chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
Large chandelier designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden, circa 1960s. Newly rewired with nine porcelain Edison style sockets. Ready for installation. Some scratches o...
Category

1960s Swedish Streamlined Moderne Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Pair of Wall Lights Attributed to Svend Aage Holm Sorensen
Located in Long Island City, NY
A Pair of Danish wall lights, Denmark, circa 1960th. Design attributed to Svend Aage Holm Sorensen. Tinted glass and brass. Height 12.5". Existing European wiring, rewiring availa...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Pair of Table Lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of table lamps by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden, circa 1960s. Blue glass cubes and brass fittings. Measures: Glass base height 13.75". Base 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" Newly rewired...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant by Hans Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden. Existing European wiring we do not guaranty functionality. Rewiring available upon request.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Carl Fagerlund Chandelier for Orrefors
By Carl Fagerlund
Located in Berlin, BE
Bowl shaped chandelier by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors of Sweden, in pressed glass with glass stem and brass fitments. To be on the the safe side, the lamp should be checked locally b...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

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Paavo Tynell Chandelier, Model K2-10, 1955
By Idman, Paavo Tynell
Located in Houston, TX
Paavo Tynell chandelier Model K2-10 Manufacture: Idman, Finland, circa 1955. Enameled steel, glass, brass. Measures: 9 diameter x 15 height inches.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

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Large 6 Armed Scandinavian Double Glass Chandelier. Manner of Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Large chandelier with 6 double glass pendants. White metal armature with two variations in armlenght. The shades have opaline white inner shades with amber coloured glass outer shade...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

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Solid Brass Paavo Tynell Wall Lamp
By Paavo Tynell
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An interesting wall lamp by Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy. SIlk shade and solid brass construction.
Category

1950s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

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Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Copper & Glass Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
Brushed aluminum in a copper coated finish. Newly rewired to US standards. New 6 foot white cord.
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum, Copper

Large Quantity Old Stock by Tapio Wirkkala 4617 Pendants, Iittala, Finland 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Old stock pendant lamps designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. White inner shade with stone grey outer glass shade. Perfect condition. We have a large quantity of various models o...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Glass

Five Diamond Wall Lamp by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Hingham, MA
Diamond shaped wall sconce by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen for HOLM SORENSEN, Denmark, 1960's. The diamonds are formed from cut sheet steel which has been faux-patinated to have the app...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Antique small light by Henri Mathieu
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s French Malayer Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Finlandia Brass Counter-Weight Pendant after Paavo Tynell for Litecraft Mfg Corp
By Paavo Tynell
Located in New York, NY
The 'Finlandia', mod. no. 214, a pendant light comprising a perforated polished brass dome shaped ceiling fixture with counterweight and opalescent glass diffuser. Measure: Adjustabl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Carl Fagerlund Crystal Pendant for Orrefors
By Orrefors, Carl Fagerlund
Located in Hingham, MA
Flying Saucer shaped pendant in Orrefors crystal with brass fittings designed by Carl Fagerlund.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Petite Adjustable Wall Sconce by Paavo Tynell
By Taito Oy, Paavo Tynell
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pivoting sconce with adjustable brass arm and fabric covered glass shade.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Brass

Erik Hoglund Candelabrum
By Erik Hoglund
Located in Chicago, IL
Erik Hoglund candelabrum for Boda Nova glassworks/Axel stromberg ironworks.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

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Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Modern Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Mid-Century Swedish Modern Pendant in a cloud white enamel coated finish with amber colored glass tiles. Newly rewired to US standards.
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Swedish Spun Aluminum Pendant Light Fixture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gold tinted brushed spun aluminum pendant with emerald colored glass tiles. Newly rewired to US standards
Category

1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum

Table Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Enameled steel table lamp.
Category

1950s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Steel

Swedish Modernist Dome Pendant Chandelier by Verner Schou
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fantastic dome pendant created by alternating strips of copper and black metal accented with bubble-glass insets. Copper chain and canopy. Glass diffuser around socket that takes on...
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal, Copper

Very Large Palshus Lamp
By Per Linnemann-Schmidt, Palshus
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very large Palshus lamp
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Ceramic

Pair Scandinavian Modern Atelje Lyktan "Bumling" Floor Lamps by Anders Pehrson
By Ateljé Lyktan
Located in Miami, FL
Famed Swedish modern design from 1968 by Anders Pehrson, created while head of design at Atelje Lyktan in Ahus, Sweden. These white lacquered goose-necked floor lamps are an attracti...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Danish Table Lamps by Just Andersen
Located in NYC, NY
A pair of small bedside or dressing table lamps, the bases in gilt metal. Designed by Danish metalsmith extraordinaire Just Andsersen. Andersen, an innovator in his time, developed t...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

Pair of Wall Lamps by Mauri Almari for Idman
By Idman
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of wall lamp manufactured by Idman, Finland, circa 1950s. Design by Mauri almari. Marked - Idman. Featured in Idman catalog number 143. Adjustable, coated aluminum shades wit...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Metal

VL38 "Radiohus" Table Lamp by Vilhelm Lauritzen for Louis Poulsen
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Louis Poulsen re-edition of the studio table lamp that was originally designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen specifically for the Radiohuset building in Copenhagen in 1942. The fixture emits ...
Category

2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Table Lamp in Oak and Opal Glass Model Toad by Timo Niskanen
By Himmee, Timo Niskanen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Scandinavian small table lamp poplar plywood and oak Toad model for Timo Niskanen Himmee. comtempotraine design. New product. Works with E14 bulbs. Timo Niskanen is a young design...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Collection

Materials

Opal

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