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Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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
Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak Dining Chairs by Kurt Østervig, 1960s, Set of 6
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This set of six modernist dinning chairs was created by Danish designer Kurt Østervig during the 1960s. The chairs were made of solid teak, with a visible structure and grain. This m...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
Located in Berlin, DE
Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' dining chair. Designed 1927 Ash wood & Niger leather. Model 3758.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Rainer Daumiller Solid Pine Stool, by Hirtshals Savvaerk, Danish Modern, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Highly decorative brutalist stool in solid pine. Designed by Rainer Daumiller for Hirthals Savværk, Denmark. 1970s. This modern stool will fit in many types of home decors. Perfe...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Ib Kofod-Larsen Palomino Sheepskin & Walnut Reclining Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful reclining lounge chair and ottoman designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig freshly upholstered in hand sewn rich Oatmeal / Ivory Shearling. An early Mid Century Scandinavian ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Sheepskin, Walnut

Tripod Stool in Solid Oak Wood, by Danish Cabinetmaker, Mid Century, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Beautiful patinated vintage tripod stool in solid oak. Made by an unknown Danish Cabinetmaker in 1950s. Finely hand carved legs and a comfortable seat. This modern stool will fit...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Oak

Bardot Chair Met, Fabric, Metal, Black, Red, Green Modern by Emilio Nanni
Located in MARANO VICENTINO, IT
BARDOT MET stands out for its elegance and brightness, extending its style to include new frames, pastel and vibrant shades, and refined, contemporary finishes. The frame of the new ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Metal

Voitto Haapalainen “Prisma” Chairs Cast Aluminium Bases, Martela OY, Finland
Located in New York, NY
Voitto Haapalainen pair of “Prisma” chairs with faceted bodies which swivel on polished cast aluminum hexagonal bases. Chairs are newly upholstered with a brown faux leather. Made by...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen Dining Chairs Model 195 by France & Son in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare set of six dining chairs model 195 designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen. Produced by France & Son in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Set of Four Oak Chairs by Ilse Rix for Uldum Møbelfabrik, Denmark, 1961
Located in Utrecht, NL
The rare chair model this set is comprised of, is Danish designer, Ilse Rix’s earliest design from the 1960s. The soft, yet Brutalist appearance of these chairs is no coincidence...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Oak

Steen Ostergaard Model 290 Pair of Red Chair for Cado, 1970
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Steen Ostergaard model 290 red plastic stacking chairs manufactured by Cado, 1970. Set of 2. With some scratches and marks.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Plastic

Pair of Scandinavian Chairs in Pine
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare chairs in pine manufactured in Sweden, circa 1940. Beautiful, high quality chairs with curved backrest and original upholstery on the seats. Condition: Very good original co...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Scandinavian Modern Black Vintage Chairs Arne Jacobsen 1952 for Fritz Hansen
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern set of 2 vintage black stairs, which was designed by Arne Jacobsen 1952 and executed for Fitz Hansen, 1970, Denmark. It is marked underneath. The stacking chairs ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Metal

Chairs Attributed to Helge Vestergaard-Jensen by Cabinetmaker Thysen Nielsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Unique chairs attributed to Helge Vestergaard-Jensen. Produced by cabinetmaker Thysen Nielsen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Nylon, Cord, Cherry

Tripod Stool in Solid Beech Wood, by Danish Cabinetmaker, Mid Century, Ca 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Fine patinated vintage tripod stool in solid beech. Made by an unknown Danish Cabinetmaker in 1960s. Made in the style of Mogens Lassen, This modern stool will fit in many types o...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Beech

Scandinavian Pair of Folding Chairs in Molded Birch Wood, 1940s
Located in Madrid, ES
Scandinavian pair of folding chairs made in 1940s, frame in metal and molded birch.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius, Walnut
Located in Paris, FR
PIA chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H 75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Nat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Arne Vodder Set of 14 Dining Chairs Model '430' in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Vodder for Sibast Møbler, dining chairs model 430, teak, leather, Denmark, 1960s. This set of 14 dining chairs is designed by Arne Vodder. The basic and linear design gives ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Faux Leather, Teak

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 Chairs

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Teak

Hans J. Wegner Lufthavnsstole
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner lufthavnsttole designed for Kastrup Airport. New upholstered with cognac aniline leather. Base and sides in steel. Model AP40, made by AP stolen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Axel-Einar Hjorth "Birka" Chairs by Nordiska Kompaniet, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Model Birka. Produced by NK, 1930s. In need of new upholstery.    
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash

PK-22 Easy Chair by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Scandinavian Modern, 1980's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Scandinavian modern; Denmark; PK-22 Easy Chair; Loung chair; Poul Kjærholm; Fritz Hansen; Rattan; Wicker; Poul Kjaerholm early edition easy chair PK22 in hand-woven rattan and bru...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Timeless Oiled Walnut Drawn HM3 Chair, by Hvidt & Mølgaard for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
The 1956 Drawn chair by Hvidt & Mølgaard stands out as a definitive piece of Danish design. Relying upon traditional craftsmanship techniques and built out of organic materials, it ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Papercord, Walnut

Arne Norell 'Ari' Lounge Chair in Camel Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Norell for Norell Møbel AB, 'Ari' lounge chair, leather, chrome-plated steel, Sweden, 1966 This lounge chair is designed by Arne Norell. The whole frame is executed in chrom...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Eight Scandinavian Ladder Chairs
Located in Dronten, NL
Great set of 8 Swedish dining chairs in Oregon Pine with twisted seagrass seats in beautiful vintage condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Seagrass, Pine

1950s Teak Side Chair by Arne Vodder for Sibast, Denmark
Located in Antwerp, BE
A lovely side chair or desk chair in beautiful Scandinavian design attributed design by Arne Vodder 1950s. Made with a very nice eye for quality, this elegant chair has a high-qualit...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Frama Contemporary Small Stool Solid Oiled Pine AML
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The AML Stool is a petite furniture object for everyday interiors. Suitable for use as a side table or bedside stool, the multifunctional stool takes its cues from a curation of vint...
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2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Danish Mid Century Set of 6 Sculptural Dining Chairs in Douglas Pine, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 6 sculptural dining chairs in solid douglas pine, reupholstered in wool. Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker in 1970s. These brutalist chairs have a really strong impression that pa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wool, Pine

Set of 6 Seven Chairs, Model 3107, Designed by Arne Jacobsen
Located in Lejre, DK
A set of 6 seven chairs, model 3107, designed by Arne Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The chairs are with original upholstery in cognac classic leather and excellent condi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Four Folke Palsson for FDB Mobler Lacquered Danish "Pi" Dining Chairs
Located in Peabody, MA
Set of four side dining chairs designed by Folke Palsson for FDB Mobler, Denmark, circa 1960s. Often referred to as the "Pi" chair or its similarity to the mathematical symbol.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Kai Kristiansen Model 42 Dining Chairs, Rosewood
Located in London, GB
Kai Kristiansen Model 42 dining chairs, 1956. Set of 8 dining chairs produced by Skovman Andersen for the Illum Bolighus department store in Copenhagen. Refinished rosewood frame...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Wool, Rosewood

Niels Koefoed Teak Dining Chairs Denmark 1960s Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century 1960s Teak "LIS" Model Dining Chairs By Niels Koefoed, Made in Denmark. Modern Ladder back design. All Original Materials. All chairs are marked. Complete set of 6 includ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

PK-22 Easy Chair by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Vintage Rattan / Wicker edit
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Early 1980's vintage easy chair PK22 designed by Poul Kjaerholm in hand-woven rattan and brushed steel. The chair is in excellent condition, with some patina to the frame according t...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Eight Arne Jacobsen Seven Series Chairs, Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1973
Located in Dronten, NL
Matching set of 6 arm chairs and 2 side chairs model 3107 designed by Arne Jacobsen, produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in 1973. Marked Fritz Hansen at the bottom. Priced as a set.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Danish Modern Sculptural Par of Rocking Chairs in Solid Oak, Brutalism, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
A fine pair of mid century rocking chairs in solid oak. Made by a Danish cabinetmaker in 1950s. Beautiful curves and a strong impression in this vintage pair. This decorative pa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Midcentury Danish Modern Upholstered Armchair
Located in High Point, NC
A wooden armchair from Denmark with upholstered seat and back, circa 1960. A chic seat, perfectly calibrated to facilitate conversation and silent contemplation, following design pri...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Set of Four Niels O. Møller Rosewood Dining Chairs Model 79, Denmark 1960s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Set of Four Niels O. Møller Rosewood Dining Chairs Model 79, Denmark 1960s. These beautifully shaped chairs are manufactured by J.L. Møller Mobelfabrik. They are made of solid rosewo...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

Frama Contemporary Scandinavian Design 9.5° Sculptural Chair Natural Wood
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Exploring the boundaries between art and design, the 9.5° Chair is a result of studying Plato’s notion of the ideal chair. Subject to a creative process of experimentation, the 9.5° ...
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2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash

Swedish Modern Armchair in the Style of Axel Einar Hjorth, 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
Sculptural armchair made in beech. Strong references to Swedish architect Axel Einar Hjorth. It is Axel Einar Hjorths dedication of Art Deco and Modernist aesthetics that make his...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech

Arne Vodder Dining Chairs Model 462 by Sibast Møbelfabrik in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare set of 6 dining chairs model 462 designed by Arne Vodder. Produced by Sibast Møbelfabrik in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

'Sunfeather' Chair by Sonna Rosen, Sweden 1950s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice 'Sunfeather' Chair by Sonna Rosen, Sweden 1950s. This iconic vintage lounge chair is an example of Scandinavian craftsmanship. The shape and spines of the back of the chair repr...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Jacob Kielland-Brandt Sculptural Chair in Solid Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jacob Kielland-Brandt, chair, solid pine, Denmark, 1960s This remarkable chair designed by Jacob Kielland-Brandt holds a strong expression. The backrest has an organically shaped su...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Pair of Swedish Modern Ergonomic Chairs with Matching Ottomen
Located in New York, NY
Sink back into these back-friendly leather armchairs, put up your feet and fall asleep watching your favorite Netflix! Th perfect reward after a stressful day. Crafted of walnut stai...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius - Light Oak
Located in Paris, FR
PIA Chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Natural – Black...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Rosewood and Leather Armchair by Erik Wortz for Soro Stolefabrik, Denmark 1960
Located in Bunnik, NL
Beautiful scandinavian armchair. Solid rio rosewood frame and leatherette seat and back, new reupholstered. Very elegant furniture listed by the design museum denmark under the numbe...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Rosewood

Swedish Sculptural Hand Painted Monk Chair, Wabi Sabi, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
A fine wooden vintage Monk chair with seagrass seat. Hand Painted and Carved by a Swedish cabinetmaker in the early 20th century. This fine decorative brutalist chair will comple...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Erik Buch Restored and Refinished Danish Teak Dining Chairs with Black Leather
Located in Knebel, DK
Six Erik Buch dining chairs made by Oddense Maskinsnedkeri. The chairs feature a solid teak frame and are as all of Erik Buchs chairs characterized by high-quality materials, solid ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Set of Eight High Back Armchairs in Teak and Mint Green Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of eight armchairs, teak and mint green fabric, Scandinavia, 1950s. These elegant teak dining chairs with armrests are both stately and modest. These Scandinavian chairs have...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Seminar KVT2 Stackable Solid Wood Chair by Kari Virtanen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Seminar KVT2 followed Seminar KVT1 chair when the customers wanted to have a stackable version of this simple and well-proportioned chair. This chair can be equipped with a linking d...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash, Birch, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Set of Six “Wishbone” Chairs in Oak
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans J. Wegner “The Wishbone Chair”. Set of six armchairs of oak. Seat with woven papercord. CH 24. Designed 1949. Manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen Pair of Chairs Model ‘C23’
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen, dining chairs model ‘C23’, oak, beech, fabric upholstery, Denmark, designed in 1950 The chair model ‘C23’ features sophisticated details that chara...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech, Oak

Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen dining chair new upholstered with cognac vintage aniline leather. Base of chrome steel tube. Model 3107 Syveren, made by Fritz Hansen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Four Danish Chairs in Solid Birch
Located in Dronten, NL
Beautiful, organic and natural set of dining chairs in solid birch. A simplistic design with a round seating and attention for the natural expression and grain of the wood. These cha...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Armchairs by Svenska Mobelfabrikerna, Bodafors, circa 1930s
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Swedish birchwood and inlaid open armchairs, Ca 1930-40, each with a rectangular backrest with stylized neoclassical inlays, generous scrolled armrests, a drop-in upholster...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

Set of Two Scandinavian Modern Teak Dining Chairs by H. W. Klein for Bramin
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and original Scandinavian midcentury dining chairs designed by Henry Walter Klein for Bramin Mobler Denmark in the 1960s. The frame is made from solid teak with renewed Leather ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Easy Chair in Beech by Yngve Ekström for Swedese model Lamino, Sweden
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice easy chair by Yngve Ekström model Lamino from Sweden. The chair has a typical Scandinavian design and is executed in beech wood and red fabric. The design is from 1956, however,...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Beech

Oxbend Stool, Bar or Counter Seat in Black Charcoal Ashwood
Located in Bend, OR
This bar stool, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair. The Oxbend collection was born from a desire to create seating that is comf...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash

Nanna Ditzel High Chair with Nameplate by Carl Hansen, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Nanna Ditzel’s ND54 high chair, originally designed in 1954, is a beautiful and enduring piece of design, adaptable to the needs of growing children. Minimalist and sturdy, the FSC™-...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Beech

Hans J. Wegner Pair of Lounge Chairs in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, pair of FH 1936 lounge chairs, walnut and beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured, circa 1950. The FH 1936 lounge chair is one of the results of W...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Walnut

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