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Scandinavian Modern Seating

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
Peter Hvidt 1940s Pair of Boucle Armchairs for Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Peter Hvidt. Model 1748 lounge chairs, circa 1940s. These elegant low-back lounge chairs were produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in the late 1940s by master designer Peter Hvi...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Unio Armchair by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
The Unio Collection, an easy chair and sofas, was born out of Poiat’s designers interest in studying the relationship of wood and soft furniture. From the very beginning, the idea wa...
Category

2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Ash, Plywood

Minimalist Counter Stool in Solid White Oak by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
An instant Classic with a contemporary turned legs and a faceted top for comfort, this minimal counter height stool will Stand the test of time and only get better with age. A light ...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Pair of Original Hans Olsen for Frem Røjle Danish Teak Bikini Chairs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Not only are these Hans Olsen Bikini chairs in beautiful condition, but they proudly sport their original green fabric. We took these chairs into our shop for a full detailing and on...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Märta Blomstedt Sofa, Finland, 1940s
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare sofa was designed by Märta Blomstedt and produced in Finland in the 1940s. The sofa has been fully reconditioned and newly upholstered in a white bouclé fabric. One of the...
Category

1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Birch, Bouclé

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Leather Sofa by C.E. Johansson for Bejra Möbel
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Böja three-seater sofa was designed by Carl-Erik Johansson for the Swedish manufacture Bejra Möbel during the 1960s. The organically shaped frame with contoured armrests is made...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

Minimal White Oak Bench by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

1940´s Set of Pinewood & Sheepskin Lounge Chairs by Swedish Cabinetmaker
Located in Odense, DK
Charming pair of solid pinewood easy chairs made in Sweden in the 1940s in the typical Swedish "sportstuga" ("sports-cabin") style by a master cabinetmaker. The big chunky cushions h...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Pine

Minimal Three-Legged Stool in White Oak by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The Abbott is a stable three-legged stool with a wedged through-tenon joint and a round beveled top. The stool is great for occasional seating, as a small side table, or as a place t...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Cherry, Maple, Oak

1970s Scandinavian Mid Century Brown Patchwork Leather and Suede 3 Seater Sofa
Located in Llanbrynmair, GB
A fabulous quality mid century Scandinavian leather three seater sofa in excellent original condition. Seats and arms are covered in a warm brown chestnut colour and a hint of whiske...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Suede, Bentwood

Hans J. Wegner for AP Stolen "Queen" OX Lounge Chair in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner, "Queen" OX lounge chair, model AP47, leather and metal, Denmark, 1960. The OX-Chair, Queen Model designed by Hans Wegner in 1960. This is the female version of the...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Minimal Black Bar Stool with Brass Foot Rests by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
An instant Classic with a contemporary turned legs and a faceted top for comfort, this counter height stool will stand the test of time and only get better with age. A light and dura...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Danish Upholstered Two-Seater Sofa with Beech Legs, Denmark ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This Danish-made freestanding sofa is characterized by the best qualities of Danish mid-century design; from the restrained aesthetic to the elegant pairing of materials, this two-se...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Linen, Wood

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...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

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 Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Bengt Ruda Rare "Ombord" Lounge Chair for Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This lounge chair model known as “Ombord” was designed by Ruda for the legendary company, Nordiska Kompaniet. NK was often the first to introduce new products on the Swedish market, ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swedish Scissor Chairs by Folke Ohlsson for Bodafors
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Scissors armchair set of two was designed by Folke Ohlsson for the Swedish manufacturer Bodafors in 1962. It has a scissor oak frame with eight slats on the backrest. The loose ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
Located in Berlin, DE
Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' dining chair. Designed 1927 Ash wood & Niger leather. Model 3758.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Ash

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 Seating

Materials

Oak

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 Seating

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

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...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Vernor Panton Relaxer Rocking Chair in New Green Wool and Wood for Rosenthal
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Sculptural and iconic rocking lounge chair designed by Vernor Panton for Rosenthal Einrichtung Germany. Organically shaped and well proportioned in relation to stability. Solid beech...
Category

1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Finn Juhl for France & Søn 'Bwana' Ottoman in Teak and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for France & Søn, ottoman, model 'Bwana', teak, leather, Denmark, 1962. This "Bwana" ottoman is designed in 1962 by Finn Juhl. The Bwana features superb teak wooden det...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Arne Hovmand-Olsen Bar Stools Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare bar stools designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen. Produced in Denmark. Price listed is / item.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Viggo Boesen Style Lounge Chair Model No. 96 in Lambswool by N.a. Jørgensen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unique and just superb lounge chair with open armrests designed and made as Model 96 by N.A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik in 1954/55. N.A. Jørgensen is better known under the name Bramin M...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Beech

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 ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Walnut

Frama Scandinavian Design Adam Stool Leather with Grey Steel Frame H65
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The Adam Stool collection is inspired by industrial design, an artist's studio, and a workshop. The functionality and simplicity of the design, combined with strong materials, give t...
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Arne Norell 'Ari' Lounge Chair with Ottoman in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Norell for Norell Møbel AB, 'Ari' lounge chair and ottoman, black leather, chrome-plated steel, Denmark, 1966 This lounge chair is designed by Arne Norell. This chair, model ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

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....
Category

20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Scandinavian Tripod Wood Stool, Scandinavia ca 1950
Located in Utrecht, NL
Form and function collide in this stool, a piece of furniture that is often underestimated. Designers define stools as jewels and statements in a space, and taking practicality into ...
Category

1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Swedish Modern Rectangular Stool in Solid Pine by Carl Malmsten, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
An early work by Swedish Deisgner Carl Malmsten. A rare wooden brutalist stool with a great warm patina. Made in the early 50s. Signed underneath.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Lounge Chair by Finnish Architect Ilmari Tapiovaara for Paolo Arnaboldi
Located in Athens, GR
This lounge chair,designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Paolo Arnaboldi, was a commission of La Permanente Mobili Cantù, Italy 1957. This design premiered at the 'Seconda Mostra Selettiv...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

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.
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Set of 4 Vintage Dining Chairs by Habeo, Germany 1960s
Located in Ranst, VAN
Beautiful set of four vintage dining chairs produced by Habeo, Germany 1960s. The seats have been reupholstered.
Category

1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Set of 8 Danish Desk Chairs in by Jørgen Rasmussen
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of eight chairs on a swivel base. Designed by Jørgen Rasmussen for Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Original condition.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech

Brode Blindheim Rosewood End Table and Ottoman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brode Blindheim for Sykklyven rosewood end table and nesting ottoman. Beautiful and useful! Table with one pull out drawer that has been beautifully refinished. Nesting Ottoman fits ...
Category

1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Rosewood

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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Kevi Office Chair by Jørgen Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kevi office chair designed by Jørgen Rasmussen. With height, tilt and other adjustments. New upholstered with black aniline leather.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

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.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak, Leather

Frama Contemporary Minimal design Adam Stool in Oak with Black Steel Frame H65
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The Adam stool collection is inspired by industrial design, an artist's studio, and a workshop. The functionality and simplicity of the design, combined with strong materials, gives ...
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Sofa in Patinated Leather by Finn Juhl, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Great looking model 218 sofa in teak and original patinated leather by Maa. Finn Juhl, made by France & France, Denmark in the 1960s. Original condition.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Set of 2 Rush Bar Stools in the Style of Charlotte Perriand
Located in Amstenrade, NL
Set of 2 rush bar stools in the style of Charlotte Perriand. Solid pine frames and woven rush seat. In very good vinatge condition. Price is for the set of 2.  
Category

Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Rush, Pine

Kaare Klint the "Red Chair" for Rud Rasmussen Model 3758
Located in Vienna, AT
Mahogany frame covered in Indian red leather designed by Kaare Klint in 1927 for the lecture hall of the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen and manufactured by Rud Rasmussen...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech

Danish Cabinetmaker Lounge Chairs Upholstered in Sheepskin, Denmark ca 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
“Danish Modern” is a recognized term around the world, standing for the characteristic style of Danish design created during the 20th century. As these lounge chairs show, furniture ...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Vintage Pair of Danish Teak Bar & Counter Stools by Hans Olsen for Frem Rojle
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern pair of swivel bar stools designed by Hans Olsen for Frem Røjle, Denmark. This set features splayed solid teak legs and round cushion seats in black vinyl. Include...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

Stella Stool
Located in Lisbon, PT
This elegant stool named Stella is unique in its conception. Format enhanced by the piping details, where different textures are coordinated. The top offers a perfect surface for cre...
Category

2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Fabric

Märta Blomstedt Easy Chair Model Aulanko Produced by Häämenlinna in Finland
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare easy chair model Aulanko designed by Märta Blomstedt. Produced by Häämenlinna in Finland. Designed in 1939 for Hotel Aulanko’s lounge area.  
Category

1930s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

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...
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

1960's Three Teak and Chrome Swivel Bar Stools by Börje Johanson from Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Very beautiful set of three slim teak swivel bar stools by Börje Johanson for Johanson Design Sweden in allover very good condition. All three are upholstered with black faux leather.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Frama Scandinavian Design Adam Stool R031 Oak and Black Steel Frame H76
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Adam R031 is a natural addition to the iconic Adam Stool series. Adam RO31 takes a new form with its round expression, leaving an even softer silhouette in its environment. Maintaini...
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

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.  
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

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...
Category

1960s New Zealand Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Solid Wooden Stool
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage solid wood stool, Scandinavian Modern design.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Solid Wooden Stool
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage solid wooden stool. Scandinavian Primitiv, Brutalist, Modern design.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

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.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

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).       
Category

20th Century Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

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