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Scandinavian Modern Lighting

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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 — those that have earned iconic status over time — 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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Style:Scandinavian Modern
Pair of Table Lamps by KT Valaistus
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of table lamps, custom order produced by KT Valaistus ( Kone-Tukku Oy) for Hotel Lappee Lappeenrata, Finland. Circa 1980th. Adjustable lamps head made of polished brass mount...
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1980s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Wall Lights in Patinated Copper
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans-Agne Jakobsson for AB Markaryd, wall lights ‘Tratten’, copper, Sweden, 1950s Set of cone-shaped wall lights designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for AB Markaryd, in beautifully pati...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper

1950s Paavo Tynell 9459 Wall Lights for Taito OY
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Paavo Tynell 9459 wall lights for Taito OY. These rare and exceptionally refined wall lights are executed in black painted metal with attractively patinated brass armature and ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of 1950s Lisa Johansson Pape Model #50-056/2 Wall Lights for Stockmann Orno
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s Lisa Johansson Pape Model #50-056/2 wall lights for Stockmann Orno. A highly versatile and adjustable pair of wall lights, the brass gooseneck arm with shade can be rai...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Scandinavian Ceiling Lamp, 1950s
Located in Oslo, NO
Decorative and rare ceiling light in copper, steel and opaline glass. Designed and manufactured in Norway circa 1960s second half. The lamp is fully working and is in good vintage co...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Natural Wood 27" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian Modern chandelier pendant is a contemporary lighting fixture in wood veneer with a Danish design style and an organic modern feel. There are many luxury design appl...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Natural Wood 24" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian modern chandelier pendant is a contemporary lighting fixture in a rare wood veneer with a Danish design style and an organic modern feel. There are many luxury desi...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood, Cypress

Pair of 1950s Lisa Johansson Pape Model #50-056/2 Wall Lights for Stockmann Orno
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s Lisa Johansson Pape Model #50-056/2 Wall Lights for Stockmann Orno. A highly versatile and adjustable pair of wall lights, the brass gooseneck arm with shade can be rai...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Lisa Johansson-Papa design opaque glass table lamps, nice organic contemporary design. These are the rarer larger size lamps and ready to install and enjoy.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Vilhelm Lauritzen VL-2 Brass and Glass Wall Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen VL-2 brass and glass wall lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in two hand blown glossy white opal glass shades and unfinished satin polished brass armature and backpla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1950s Paavo Tynell Model #9459 Brass Wall Lights for Taito, OY
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Paavo Tynell 9459 wall lights for Taito Oy. These rare and exceptionally refined wall lights are executed in a rich and attractively patinated brass. Signed with impressed manu...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Danish ‘Scissor’ Extendable Wall Lamp in Teak and Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lamp, teak, fabric, Denmark, 1960s The design of this Danish wall lamp is reminiscent of Erik Hansen’s ‘Sax’ or ‘scissor’ wall lamp for Le Klint. The harmonica lamp shade fe...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Fabric, Teak

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Konsthantverk White Table Lamp KH#1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model KH#1 designed by Konsthantverk in 1926 and manufactured actually by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using crafts...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno Floor Lamp in Brass and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno, floor lamp, brass, leather, Finland, 1950s Stunning floor lamp by Finish designer Lisa Johansson-Pape. Lisa Johansson-Pape designed this lamp for Orno ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Brass Table Lamps Luxus, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Langserud, SE
These Mid-Century Modern table lamps were manufactured in Sweden for Luxus. The rounded base and rod are made in brass. These lamps come with both the new cotton cloud rounded shades...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Chandelier by Hans Bergström, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stunning chandelier by Hans Bergström, made from brass with twelve opaline glass shades. Round frame with slender brass thread suspension. A beautiful, eye catching gem of a design.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Hemi Table / Wall Lamps in Brass, Swedish Design, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
A pair of Hemi table / wall lamps in brass. Klot type 3. Swedish design, 1970s. Measures: 23 x 18 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Arne Jacobsen AJ Wall Lights for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Arne Jacobsen AJ wall lights for Louis Poulsen. Designed in 1957 among other lighting fixtures for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fixture emits downward directed lig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Zinc, Steel

Konsthantverk Stoby Oxide D30 Opal Glass Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Stoby designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. A true Art Nouveau classic in white matte opal glass and oxidized brass. Comes in a number of di...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Kähler Sculptural Table Lamp Amber Yellow by P E Eliasen, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Sculptural Mid-century Danish table lamp from the ceramic studio Kähler (HAK). The lamp was designed by Poul Erik Eliasen and manufactured ca. 1960s or early 1970s. The lamp is made...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Fabric

Danish Suspension Chandelier, 1960s, Colored Glass and Teak
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare colourful Danish glass and teak chandelier by Holmegaard, 1960s. Three blown glass cones of different color are suspended from a 'floating' teak bar. Each cone has one E27 socke...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass, Teak

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass Wall Lamp with Smoked Glass Shades, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This wall lamp is perhaps the most stunning model of Jakobsson’s. With a brass frame holding five smoked, translucent glass shades, this lamp is the upgraded, larger version of the m...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Johan Carpner Grenverk Black Raw Brass Floor Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model Grenverk designed by Johan Carpner and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tech...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Louis Poulsen 'Nyhavn' Copper Outdoor Wall Sconce
Located in Glendale, CA
Louis Poulsen 'Nyhavn' copper outdoor wall sconce. Designed by Alfred Homann and Ole V. Kjær in 1976 for lighting in old and heritage urban areas. The light is characterized by a con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Copper

Gamfratesi White 'Yuh' Wall Light for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
GamFratesi white 'Yuh' wall light for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Yuh reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape light. Inspired by th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Poul Henningsen Chrome and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen chrome and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and high luster chrome plated metal finish. The mouth-blown three-layer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Limited Edition Poul Henningsen PH 3 1/2 Pendants in Copper
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, pendant model PH 3 1/2, copper and glass, Denmark, 1929 The PH 3 1/2 model is an old stock limited edition that is part of the 3-shade PH design t...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Copper

Swedish, Organic Table Lamp, Brass, Wood, Rattan, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, designed and produced in Sweden, circa 1930s. Features an organic brass rod on a wooden base. Assorted vintage rattan lampshade.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Nils Landberg/Orrefors Dark Bottle Green Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Scandinavian Modern dark bottle green crystal lamps with brushed brass hardware. Rewired for use in the USA. Shades not included.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Brass

GamFratesi Black Brass and Marble 'Yuh' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Gamfratesi black brass and marble 'Yuh' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Yuh reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' Table Lamp in Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' table lamp in black. Designed in 1950 by Grossman, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces her work with scru...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Arne Jacobsen AJ Wall Light for Louis Poulsen in White
Located in Glendale, CA
Arne Jacobsen AJ wall light for Louis Poulsen in white. Designed in 1957 among other lighting fixtures for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fixture emits downward dire...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Zinc, Aluminum, Steel

Peter Ipsen Enke, Vase, Glazed Stoneware, Denmark, C 1945
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare vase, by P. Ipsen Enke, Denmark, c 1945.  
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Stoneware

Gamfratesi White Brass and Marble 'Yuh' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Gamfratesi white brass and marble 'Yuh' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Yuh reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Brass, Aluminum

Poul Henningsen Black Metalized and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen black metalized and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and black metalized finish. The mouth-blown three-layer opal w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Henrik Tengler DK Floor Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model DK designed by Henrik Tengler and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s technique...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' Table Lamp in White
Located in Glendale, CA
Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' table lamp in white. Designed in 1950 by Grossman, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces her work with scru...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Lisa Johansson Pape Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape design pair of hand blown frosted glass table lamps. Assembled set one has a slightly more prominent lip at the top of lamp but the same otherwise.
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass

“Kontrast” Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking “Kontrast” pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen. Lacquered white on the outside and orange red and purplish blue on the inside. Spreads an amazing light, looks amazing both when ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' Table Lamp in Chrome for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' table lamp in chrome for Louis Poulsen. The medium sized Panthella 320 table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Black Lucca Sc51 Portable Table Lamp by Space Copenhagen for & Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
This elegant portable lamp, inspired by the golden glow of the Tuscan city of Lucca, mimics the warmth of the city’s nocturnal light. Intended as a multipurpose piece, the battery-po...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Swedish Art Deco Table Lamp in Brass
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare table lamp in brass, most likely manufactured in Sweden circa 1930. This elegant lamp rests on an organically shaped foot, holding the rod and an ornament in the shape of a dog...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Table Lamp, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant articulate table lamp, with matte black metal base, curved brass arm, orientable aluminium shade in textured ivory, on/off switch on the base, wired for US standards, one E27...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid Century Organic Floor Lamp in Pine, Swedish Cabinetmaker, Made in 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Tall organic floor lamp in pine. Made by a unknown Swedish cabinetmaker in 1960s. A sculptural figure in a great vintage condition. A warm colour and patina that pair well with th...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Pine

MCM Arched Teak Multi-Directional Wall Lamp / Sconce
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool and rare MCM arched teak multi-Directional wall lamp or sconce, circa 1960s. The arched lamp can rotate 180 degrees left and right and move up and down on the 29" pole th...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Teak

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in Orange for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in orange for Louis Poulsen. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Swedish Designer, Adjustable Retro Desk Lamp in Yellow Lacquered Metal, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Swedish designer. Adjustable retro desk lamp in yellow lacquered metal and chrome. 1970s. Measures: Base diameter: 15 cm. Screen diameter: 14.5 cm. Full length: 71 cm. In excel...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Huge Ceramic Floor Lamp by Rigmor Nielsen for Søholm Denmark 1950s Mid-Century
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Huge conical hand painted ceramic floor lamp by the Danish artist Rigmor Nielsen for Søholm, Bornholm, Denmark. The ceramic foot is decorated with a flower motif on an off-white gla...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1950s Floor Lamp in Rattan and Brass, Model 'EN 25' for Itsu, Finland
By Itsu
Located in DE
Perforated brass shade. Rattan covered stem. Some small dents to the shade, but generally in beautiful vintage condition. Measures: Height 145 cm, diameter of the shade 20cm, floor p...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 3 1/2 -2 1/2 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 3½-2½ table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a brass, chrome or black metallized frame. The Industrial look of the dark met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Vintage Danish Clamp Wall Light in Brass, ABO, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A fully adjustable clamp wall light with a shade composed of solid brass. Manufactured by ABO Metal Art in Denmark during the 1970s. The shade can be adjusted 270 degrees. The design...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Böhlmarks 'attribution' Adjustable Floor Lamp, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable floor lamp. In brass. Production attributed to Böhlmarks, Sweden, 1940s. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. The lampshade can be included upon request. Other d...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

GamFratesi White 'YUH' Brass and Marble Floor Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
GamFratesi white 'YUH' brass and marble floor lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the YUH reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Brass

1950s Finnish Brass Table Lamp in the Manner of Paavo Tynell
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Finnish brass table lamp. A highly refined and versatile table lamp executed in polished brass. The shade can be raised and lowered. Reminiscent of the aesthetic of Paavo Tynel...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Ceiling Lamp Model T-372/15 by Hans-Agne Jakobsson Ab
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare ceiling lamp model T-372/15 ‘Patricia’ designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Konsthantverk Svep Brass Wall Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model Svep designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Nordiska Kompaniet Brass Table Lamp with Green Lacquered Shade
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing brass table lamp, with a large green lacquered shade adorned with a brass flower on top. Handle wound with brown leather. Beautiful combination of materials and colors.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass