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Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

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 and Berlin daybed, 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 Sarpaneva.

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 vintage 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
Ernst Heilmann-Sevaldsen Lounge Chair
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ernst Heilmann-Sevaldsen for Fritz Hansen, armchair, beech, leather, fabric, Denmark, 1930s. Beautiful early Scandinavian lounge chair by Ernst Heilmann-Sevaldsen. The curved wooden...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric, Beech

Danish Customizable Lounge Chair by H.W. Klein
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Henry Walter Klein for Bramin, lounge chair, black leatherette, wood, Denmark, 1960s. Robust and comfortable lounge chair by the Danish designer H.W. Klein. The slightly curved shap...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Arnold Madsen Sheepskin Clam Chair 1944
Located in London, GB
Arnold Madsen The Clam Chair, 1944 The Clam chair was first designed in 1944 in Copenhagen by Danish upholsterer Arnold Madsen. In 1945 Arnold founded the furniture company Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Oak, Walnut, Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé

Niels Møller Teak / Leather Model 55 Armchair Denmark
Located in Buffalo, NY
Niels Møller teak / leather Model 55 armchair. Denmark, nice original condition, retains original ink stamp, price per chair, open to offers for set of 4.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Finn Juhl Lounge Chair Model FD 136 in Teak
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lounge chair model number FD 136 designed by Finn Juhl for France & Son, Denmark, with a curved backrest and an undulating seat that float within a spare, elegant frame. This example...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Cotton, Teak

1950s Arm Chair "Razorblade" in Sheepskin by Henning Kjærnulff, Danish Modern
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage arm chair in solid patinated Scandinavian oak tree and sheepskin. This model was designed in the 1950s by Henning Kjærnulff, Denmark and it takes its name from the razor blad...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Sheepskin

Jacob Kjær Pair of Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Green Bouclë Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jacob Kjær, pair of armchairs, mahogany, fabric, Denmark, 1940s Stunning pair of armchairs by Danish master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjaer (1896-1957). Characterized by simplicity, the ch...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Pair of Rosewood Model 62 Armchairs by Niels Moller, 1962
Located in London, GB
Niels Moller Model 62 armchair, 1962 Rosewood armchairs designed by Niels Moller for J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1962. Black aniline leather seats. Measures: H 80cm, D...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Erik Chambert Armchairs Produced by Chamberts Möbelfabriker in Norrköping
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of armchairs designed by Erik Chambert. Produced by Chamberts Möbelfabriker in Norrköping, Sweden.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Rosewood Model 62 Armchairs by Niels Moller, 1962
Located in London, GB
Niels Moller Model 62 Armchair, 1962 Iconic armchair designed by Danish master Niels Moller for his own company J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik in Denmark, 1962. The Model 62 is widely...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Kai Kristiansen Leather Troja Armchair, c1960
Located in London, GB
Kai Kristiansen 'Troja' round chair from circa 1960. The frame is made from Afromosia African teak wood. The seat has been reupholstered in premium aniline cognac brown leather.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Teak, Leather

1940's Gustaf Axel Berg ''Torparen'' Chair in Birch Plywood and Hemp
Located in Madrid, ES
Gustaf Axel Berg”Torparen” armchair in bent birch plywood and braided hemp fabric. Sweden, 1940s. Perfect restored condition and light traces of use in the hemp braid.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Hemp, Beech

Safari Chair by Peder Hansen in Eucalyptus Wood and Cognac Leather, New Zealand
By Taraire Crafts, Peder Hansen
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed by Danish designer Peder Hansen, who immigrated to New Zealand in the 1960s, this safari chair in cognac leather and eucalyptus frame was produced by Taraire Crafts in Auckl...
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1960s New Zealand Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vitra Contemporary Black/Nero Profile Office Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary black plastic and fabric upholstered office chair with adjustable back rest, curved arms, and stretcher base (VITRA for Mario Bellini).       
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20th Century Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Pair of Rosewood Model 62 Armchairs by Niels Moller, 1962
Located in London, GB
Niels Moller Pair of model 62 armchairs, circa 1962 Rosewood armchairs designed by Niels Moller for J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1962 with new majolica blue leather seats....
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Danish Modern Arne Hovmand-Olsen Walnut Chair
Located in West Hartford, CT
Vintage Danish modern armchair designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen with a rounded back and black leather upholstery. Signed on the underside.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Eva Chair in Leather by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Armchair in leather, model Eva. Designed by Bruno Mathsson, 1941 for Karl Mathsson. Sweden, 1960´s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Leather

Fritz Hansen Style 1950s Mohair Velvet Armchair
Located in London, GB
Custom-Made 'Model 54' Armchair Fritz Hansen inspired lounge chair with solid hardwood frame, stained beech legs and 'Saffron' yellow mohair Velvet by Pierre Frey, Paris. These chai...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Mohair, Velvet, Beech

Pair of Swedish Easy Chairs with Cowhide, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Produced in Sweden, 1970s. Attributed to Arne Norell. Dark stained beech and leather.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cowhide

Borge Mogensen Easy Chairs with Footstool Model 227, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Model 227, produced by Frederica Stolefabrik, Denmark, 1960s. New and reupholstered cushions in Danish Kvadrat fabric. Excellent vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Oak

Danish Armchair by Erik Kirkegaard for Høng Stolefabrik, Denmark, 1985
Located in Schagen, NL
Very nice piece in teak and upholstery in wool. Some light stains to the upholstery and light wear to it’s base.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool, Oak

Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Finn Juhl, diplomat desk chair or armchair with frame in solid hardwood, seat and backrest upholstered, model 209. Designed in 1963. Produced by France & Son. Measures: H. 82 cm, SH...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Schulz Chair by Otto Schulz, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely large Swedish tufted slipper chair designed by Otto Schulz, circa 1940s, Sweden. Original velvet upholstery - great condition! Chairs are detailed with brass nails.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

1950s Brazilian Rosewood Danish Upholstered Dining Captain Chair Larsen + Madsen
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Wonderful and rare accent chair in older fabric, re-upholstery necessary. Frame is constructed of rare 1950s solid old growth Brazilian rosewood. Measures: W 26 x D 16 x H 30.5 in...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Rosewood

Kaare Klint Pair of Red Chairs for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint pair of red chairs in mahogany, black horsehair and brass nails. Version of the chair with upholstered arms. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen, 1930s. Underside with manufactur...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Arne Vodder Armchair for Sibast Mobler
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Vodder for Sibast Møbler, model '430,' teak and leather, Denmark, 1960s. This refined dining chair is designed by the Danish designer Arne Vodder. This modest and elegant chai...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Scandinavian Armchair Attributed to Erik Kirkegaard
Located in Vienna, AT
Solid teak frame with upholstered seat and backrest in black leatherette. Made in Denmark in the late 1950s. New upholstery on request possible (150$ + cost of the leather fabric)
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Patent Leather, Teak

Paul Leidersdorff for Cado 'Caravelle' Pair of Lounge Chairs in Red Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Leidersdorff for Cado, 'Caravelle' pair of lounge chairs, leather, aluminum and wood, Denmark, 1960s Modern set of two armchairs. The slipper chairs hold L-shaped seatings an...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Pair of "Trienna" Easy Chairs by Carl-Axel Acking, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Natural leather and oak. Designed in 1957. Shown at the Triennale in Milan in 1957, since then referred to as the "Trienna". Produced by NK Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Mid-Century Swedish Lounge Chairs "Löven" by Arne Norell
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of lounge chairs model "Löven" by Arne Norell, 1960s. These chairs have a timeless classic design and, as with all Norell furniture, the construction quality is extremely high....
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Pair of Rosewood Model 62 Armchairs by Niels Moller, 1962
Located in London, GB
Niels Moller Model 62 armchair, 1962 Rosewood armchairs designed by Niels Moller for J.L. Moller Mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1962. New black aniline leather seats. Dimensions: H ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

St. Catherine Armchair, Model FH4355, by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
St. Catherine armchair, model FH4355, in oak and upholstered with light fabric designed by Arne Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 1960s. The chair is in great vintage ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Arnold Madsen Sheepskin Clam Chair 1944
Located in London, GB
Arnold Madsen The Clam Chair, 1944 The Clam chair was first designed in 1944 in Copenhagen by Danish upholsterer Arnold Madsen. In 1945 Arnold founded the furniture company Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Early Classic Chair by Hans Wegner
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic Hans Wegner Classic chair manufactured by Johannes Hansen. Teak frame with caned seat.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Danish Oak and Teak Armchair, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Danish design is a remarkable combination of concern for comfort and materiality melded with a desire for Shaker-like clarity. Most notably, the vintage pieces of the 1950s are an ex...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

"Metropolitan" Chair by Aksel Bender Madsen and Ejner Larsen for Willy Beck
Located in Stockholm, SE
Armchair metropolitan designed by Aksel Bender Madsen and Ejner Larsen for Willy Beck, Denmark, 1950s. Lacquered wood and original cane. Measures: H 78 cm/ 2' 7'' D 50 cm/ 1' 8'...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Lacquer

Th.Harlev Model 213 Armchair in Teak and Black Leatherette Farstrup Møbler
Located in Knebel, DK
Model 213 armchair in teak and leatherette / skai designed by TH Harlev for Farstrup Møbler in 1958. The well designed, well crafted and comfortable chair will fit in well almost an...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Teak

Large Set of Ten Danish Armchairs in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of ten armchairs, walnut, fabric, Denmark, 1960s. This set shows strong resemblances with the design of Hans J. Wegner’s chair model ‘JH-509’ for Johannes Hansen and produced ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Hartmut Lohmeyer for Wilkhahn Lounge Chair in Teak and Cane
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hartmut Lohmeyer for Wilkhahn, lounge chair, teak, cane, fabric striped upholstery, Germany, 1960. The lounge chair by Hartmut Lohmeyer is organically shaped. The wide open teak f...
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1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Cane, Teak

Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen Pair of Safari Chairs in Ash and Patinated Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen for Ludvig Pontoppidan, safari chairs, ash, leather, Denmark, 1959. Stunning pair of safari chairs by Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen for the Danish manufacturer ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Scandinavian Mid Century Lounge Chairs in Sheepskin
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of large high-back lounge chairs manufactured in Denmark, 1930s. These majestic chairs surround you with their curved backrest and are just as comfortable as they look. They...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Vamdrup Stolefabrik Armchair in Teak and Orange Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vamdrup Stolefabrik, armchair model 'VS 231', teak and orange fabric, Denmark, 1960s. The armchair with a solid teak frame, raises a handsome original orange upholstery seat. The...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Teak and Suede "Sling" Lounge Chair by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen
Located in Montreal, QC
Teak and suede "Sling" lounge chair by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen with buckle strap to the seat.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Set of Six Norwegian Dining Chairs with Soft Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of six dining chairs, in beech and green fabric, Norway, 1960s. These Norwegian elegant dining chairs show beautiful lines and stunning wood connections. The visually almost f...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech

Erik Buch Set of Four 'Captains' Armchairs in Oak and Red Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Erik Buch for Ørum Møbler, set of four 'Captains' armchairs, in oak and fabric, Denmark, 1957. Set of four sculpted dining chairs in solid oak. These chairs show the characterist...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Easy Chairs in Oak and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, armchairs, model '4700', oak, leather, Denmark, 1965. Pair of modest armchairs designed by the Danish designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). The frame...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Illum Wikkelsø Rocking Chair, Mod. Iw3, Niels Eilersen, Denmark, 1958
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic Danish Rocking chair - everyones parents and grandparents had one or wanted one in Denmark - this rocking chair is a modern classic. Danish design and craftsmanship, and alway...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen Easy Chair by Cabinetmaker Willy Beck
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare armchair or easy chair designed by Aksel Bender Madsen & Ejner Larsen. Produced by cabinetmaker Willy Beck in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Bernt Petersen, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of elegant armchairs by Bernt Petersen, with rosewood frames and comfortable natural leather seats and backs. Smooth lines with nicely contrasting materials. Leather in very goo...
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Leather

Mid Century Lounge Chair, Reupolstered, Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Lovely lounge chair made in solid beech with reupholstered cushion in grey wool. Made by a Danish cabinetmaker, ca 1960s. This object is in a great vintage condition. With a he...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool, Beech

Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Armchair, Painted Wood and Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An armchair / side chair / garden chair. Designed and produced by Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Sweden, 1940s. In painted iron and painted wood. See listing LU3228124053422 for a m...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of Henning Kjaernulf "Razor Blade" Armchairs in Oak and Sheepskin, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare pair of "Razor Blades" armchairs designed by Henning Kjaernulf / Henning Kjærnulf in solid stained oak (dark brown) and produced by EG Kvalitetsmøbel, Denmark 1960s. Professiona...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Oak, Green Velvet Modern Essex Arm Chair
Located in New York, NY
A sleek chair with an artistic appeal, that was inspired by the architecture of New York City buildings in this case The Essex Building in Central Park south. This chair is designed...
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2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Suede, Wood, Oak

Carl Malmsten Set of Ten Armchairs in Walnut and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Malmsten, armchairs, walnut, leather, Sweden, 1940s. Rare set of armchairs designed by Swedish designer Carl Malmsten. These chairs contain a warm walnut frame which is nice...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Arnold Madsen Sheepskin Clam Chair 1944
Located in London, GB
Arnold Madsen The Clam Chair, 1944 The Clam chair was first designed in 1944 in Copenhagen by Danish upholsterer Arnold Madsen. In 1945 Arnold founded the furniture company Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Oak, Walnut, Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé

Rare Rosewood Armchairs by Enjer Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These are rare rosewood armchairs by Enjer Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen for Larsen + Madsen, c1955. Fully restored in beautiful Italian leather. Allow 3-4 weeks if upholstery servi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Vintage Dux Teak and Cane 532-A Rocking Chair by Hans Olsen for Juul Kristensen
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern DUX rocking armchair designed by Hans Olsen for Juul Kristensen, circa 1960's. This piece features a natural cane tall backrest with sculpted teak and brass detail...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Henning Kjærnulf, "Razorblade" Lounge Chair in Oak & Bouclé, Danish Modern 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare carved lounge chair in solid oak. Designed by Henning Kjaernulf for EG Kvalitetsmøbel, Denmark 1950s. Model "Razor blade". The seat and back is reupholstered in great quality B...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

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