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Dux of Sweden

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Today, Swedish manufacturer DUX’s most popular furniture lines — as well as the furnishings created by its first president, Folke Ohlsson — are synonymous with the work that vintage mid-century modern design obsessives love. Also important, the brand is known for some of the most commonplace means of furniture shipping and production in the modern era.

In Sweden, Studio Ljungs Industrier AB is the large family-owned parent company of Duxiana (in America, DUX). Initially a purveyor of bedding that is today celebrated for its ergonomically guided designs, Ljungs Industrier was founded by entrepreneur (and chocolate maker) Efraim Ljung in 1926. In 1950, Folke Ohlsson, then leading Ljungs Industrier’s design team, decamped to the States to explore how he could expand DUX’s business, which at that point included a wide range of furniture. Ohlsson established a DUX office not long after he arrived in California, first in San Francisco and later in Burlingame.

On the West Coast, the booming postwar American market was eager to embrace DUX’s affordable and practical bedroom furnishings, tables, armchairs and other seating. Characterized by sleek walnut and teak frames and low-slung silhouettes, the brand’s designs were emblematic of a generation of Scandinavian modernism that had gained popularity owing to visionaries such as product designer and architect Greta Magnusson-Grossman, who arrived in California from Sweden a decade prior to Ohlsson, and Finn Juhl, who created a Danish modern line for Michigan’s Baker Furniture Company in 1951.

DUX frequently collaborated with top-tier furniture design talent — among them Bruno Mathsson, Edward Wormley and Alf Svensson, a chief designer in the Malmö, Sweden, office of Ljungs Industrier — expanding the brand’s portfolio and establishing credibility as a design source. Ohlsson’s own designs, such as his comfortable leather lounges and wool-upholstered reclining rocking chairs, continue to be among the brand’s most desirable — and most imitated — however.

In 1949, DUX put into practice an idea that Ohlsson patented for the so-called “knock-down,” or “KD,” chair, a term referencing easy, flat-pack assembly. It saved DUX space in warehouses and money on transportation and was a concept that would provide inspiration to hundreds of subsequent companies — most notably fellow Swedish brand IKEA.

Today, vintage DUX sofas and dining chairs are valuable collector’s items. Find this coveted seating and other authentic DUX furniture on 1stDibs.

Stunning Folke Ohlsson Profil Chair Lounge Chair for DUX Boucle
By Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Here is stunning Mid-Century Modern Profil lounge chair designed by Folke Ohlsson for Dux Furniture. This chair was reupholstered with is beautiful Boucle fabric and you will be the ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Dux of Sweden

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Bouclé, Walnut

Rare Sofa by Edward Wormley for DUX Mod., New York, 1960s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture, Dux of Sweden
Located in Berlin, DE
Very beautiful sofa designed by Edward Wormley for DUX/Llungs Industrier in the 1960s. The sofa is completely new upholstered and covered with a high quality fabric by ROMO in warmgr...
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20th Century Dux of Sweden

Pair of Green Lounge Chairs by DUX Design Team
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of lounge chairs, model Spider, by DUX design team. Designed in 1982. Structure made of chrome-plated steel wire, covers of sage green Alcantara fabric. One chair marked with la...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Dux of Sweden

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Steel

  • Pair of Green Lounge Chairs by DUX Design Team
  • Pair of Green Lounge Chairs by DUX Design Team
  • Pair of Green Lounge Chairs by DUX Design Team
  • Pair of Green Lounge Chairs by DUX Design Team
H 30.32 in. W 27.96 in. D 34.65 in.
Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
By Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandström, Dux of Sweden
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandstrøm Manufacturer: DUX Era: 1960s Dimensions: 27.5? wide x 36? tall Condition: Frame in great original condition with light...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dux of Sweden

Materials

Fabric

  • Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
  • Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
  • Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
  • Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
H 36 in. W 27.5 in. D 29 in.
Folke Ohlsson Lounge Chair Green Leather DUX Sweden 1960
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped high back lounge chair designed by Folke Ohlsson for Dux, Sweden 1960. This well-crafted reclining chair is made to reach an ultimate level of the Scandinavian moder...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Leather, Beech

Danish Modern Swedish Folke Ohlsson DUX Scissor Chair
By Dux of Sweden
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic Scandinavian Modern scissor chair for DUX by Folke Ohlsson which has new atomic upholstery as well as fresh straps. The teak base is extraordinary. Classic lines and better sc...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood, Teak

Midcentury Set of 6 Teak Dining Chairs by Folke Ohlsson for DUX
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful midcentury set of 6 teak dining chairs by Folke Ohlsson for DUX. Very beautiful designed and crafted set of dining chairs with elegant curved backs. The set has all new woo...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

Folke Ohlsson for DUX Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chair
By Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Countryside, IL
Folke Ohlsson for DUX mid century walnut lounge chair The chair measures: 34 wide x 32 deep x 37.5 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm height of 19 inches Ready for ...
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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1stDibs Dux of Sweden furniture are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of furniture from Dux of Sweden, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. In-stock of these items we have 130 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. During the 20th century, many of the original furniture by Dux of Sweden were created in Scandinavian modern style in Europe. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Folke Ohlsson, Bruno Mathsson and Yngve Ekström. Prices for furniture from Dux of Sweden can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$100 and tops out at US$17,200, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,938 on average.