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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.

Average Sold Price
US$3,076
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Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
By Edward Wormley, Dux of Sweden
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture / DUX of Sweden, sofa model 5316, fabric, beech, metal, United States, design 1952 This three-seat sofa was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunb...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Metal

  • Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
  • Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
  • Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
  • Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
H 29.53 in. W 89.77 in. D 29.53 in.
Guitar Pick Table, Yngve Ekström Designed for Dux of Sweden
By Dux of Sweden, Yngve Ekström
Located in Crockett, CA
A nice mid-century walnut guitar pick low table that can be used between two lounge chairs as well as a coffee table for a small space. The top is accented by three sets of two brass...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dux of Sweden

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Brass

Elegant Pair of Mid-Century Teak Guitar Pick Tables, 1960s
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A pair of guitar pick tables in teak with elegant lines, produced by DUX, Sweden, 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Countryside, IL
Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet The cabinet measures: 35.25 wide x 15.75 deep x 28.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage conditi...
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

  • Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet
  • Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet
  • Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet
  • Dux Mid Century Teak Record Cabinet
H 28.5 in. W 35.25 in. D 15.75 in.
Rare Sofa by Edward Wormley for DUX Mod., New York, 1960s
By Edward Wormley, Dux of Sweden, Dunbar Furniture
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

Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Distinctive Scandinavian Modern design sets this vintage DUX love seat apart from other seating options. The midcentury Swedish design features stylish two-seat arrangement, solid te...
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Teak

  • Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
  • Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
  • Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
  • Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
H 31 in. W 52 in. D 28 in.
Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
By Dux of Sweden, Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandström
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

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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.
Trolley in beech and chrome, designed by Bruno Mathsson, Sweden
By Dux of Sweden, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Goteborg, SE
This trolley was designed during Mathssons late metal period, but his design is still very recognizable with the lovely wooden details. The trolley is made in chromed steel and beech...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Dux of Sweden

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Birch

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Dux of Sweden furniture for sale on 1stDibs

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.

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