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Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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
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 Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Danish Stools with Sheepskin by Hugo Frandsen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pair of stools designed by Hugo Frandsen. Produced by his own company in Denmark during the 1960s. Made from solid teak with new sheep skin upholstery. Very good vintage condition wi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Teak

Bergboms Swedish Desk Lamp in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Bergboms, desk / table lamp model ‘B 120M’, metal, plastic, brass, Sweden, 1960s This delicate table lamp of Swedish origin embodies a splendid construction of round shapes and de...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Danish Designer, Vase, Bronze, Denmark, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A cast bronze vase designed and produced in Denmark, c. 1930s.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Just Andersen, Vase, Disko Metal, Denmark, 1951
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Disko" metal vase by Just Andersen, Denmark with engraving. Base marked "Just A Denmark".  
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

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...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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 ...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

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...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Pair of Jens Houmoller Klemmensen 1930s Sheepskin Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Jens Houmoller Klemmensen 1939 Lounge Chair This armchair is a variant of the model first presented at the 1936 Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in Copenhagen and designed by aw...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Fabric, Beech, Oak, Walnut

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

Materials

Metal

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 Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Teak

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...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Incised Stoneware, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp in brown-glazed stoneware with incised details designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s. Lampshade is not included. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

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...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Birch, Bouclé

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Organic Birch Wood Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This modernist sideboard was made in Norway during the 1960s. The sideboard has been finished in two kinds of woods: not very popular birch and maple. Both types of wood have a uniqu...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Birch

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 Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, 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 Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Vintage Scandinavian MidCentury Modern Dining Table with Chrome Metal Tulip Leg.
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This round dining table was made in Scandinavia during the 1970s. The table top is made of fiberglass, lacquered white. The base is a metal tulip leg. The table is for 5 persons. ...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

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...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Ceiling Lamp Model T-603, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful pendant lamp by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden, 1960, with five tiers of off-white fringe silk cord with brass hardware frame and original brass canopy. Overall d...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Swedish Naturalistic Tree Slab Coffee Table in Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Coffee table, pine, Sweden, 1960s The top of this wonderful coffee table is hand carved out of multiple thick pine tree slabs, resulting in a vivid composition of curvaceous line...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

Ceiling Lamp Produced by Bergbom in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare height adjustable ceiling lamp by unknown designer. Produced by Bergbom in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

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...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Maple, Oak

Hans Agne Jakobsson Wall Lights in Brass and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans-Agne Jakobsson, wall light, brass and opaline glass, Sweden, 1960s. Charming wall light executed in brass with an opaline glass shade designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. This sc...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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 Furniture

Materials

Leather, Suede, Bentwood

Poeme Shelf 74 in Oak by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Lute OD Out/Indoor Sconce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The stunning Lute OD Out/Indoor Sconce by Lumfardo Luminaires is a pure brass cylindrical wall sconce in a perforated unlacquered brass fixture. An all brass fixture, with illuminati...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Poeme Shelf 144 in Dark Oak by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Pair of Custom Made Round Sheepskin Ottomans with Oak Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design - Round ottoman Custom-made ottomans developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are upholstered in Moonligh...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Set of Four Dining Chairs by Hans J. Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Set of four dining chairs in oak and paper cord. Hans J. Wegner / C. M. Madsen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Papercord, 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 Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Pine

Bruno Mathsson Dining Chairs Model Mimat Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare set of 5 dining chairs model Mimat designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Birch

Vintage Cane Back Teak Settee by Hans Olsen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful danish teak settee by Hans Olsen. New teal wool upholstery. the seat cords have been replaced. newly woven cane seat back done by a professional caner. This chair is a comf...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cane, Teak

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 Furniture

Materials

Beech, Oak, Walnut, Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé

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 Furniture

Materials

Oak

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 Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Danish Style Rya Area Shag Rug in Modern Wave Design
Located in Philadelphia, PA
We are proud to offer these brand new, finely crafted, high quality designer shag rugs. These are truly inspired by the classic Scandinavian rug designs of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The...
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool, Acrylic

Beautiful Vase Created by Swedish Ceramic Artist Claes Thell
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase. Produced and designed by Claes Thell, in the Artist's studio, in Höganäs, Sweden. Stoneware. Glazed in different brown colors. Signed Thell. Exhibitions: Östasiatiska Muse...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

Vintage Mid-Century Scandinavian Black & White Patterned Birch Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This modernist sideboard was produced in Scandinavia during the 1960s. It was finished with birch wood with irregular, strong graining with visible swirls. The wood is finished in a ...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Birch

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 Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Impressive Model 6720 Sofa by Kastholm & Fabricius for Kill International, 1960s
Located in Echt, NL
Rare 3-seat 6720 sofa in very good condition. Designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm in the1960s. Manufactured by Kill International. The sofa has a chromed metal base, w...
Category

20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Chrome

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 Furniture

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

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 Furniture

Materials

Leather, Ash

'Pan 190' Pendant Lamp by Bent Karlby for Lyfa
Located in Paris, FR
Pendant lamp pan / 190 by Lyfa Pendant lamp pan signed by Bent Karlby for Lyfa Polished aluminum D.190 mm H.320 mm Textile wire (white) 300cm Bulb: E27 max 60W (120-230V) ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Kai Ruokonen 'Finnmark' Floor Lamp for the Vaakuna Hotel, Orno 1970s
Located in Helsinki, FI
This lamp was designed originally for the Vaakuna Hotel in Helsinki in the 1970s. The same model was also used in Palace Hotel Helsinki.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Atomic Age Teak Rocket Table / Desk Lamp
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful rare atomic age rocket lamp circa 1950's, solid teak legs with plastic wrap cord beautiful glow in perfect condition.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Pair of Danish Modern Mid Century Night Stands in Solid Pine, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A pair of Scandinavian night stands / side tables in solid pine, made in Denmark, ca 1970s. The night stands are nicely patinated and in a good vintage condition. A fine brutal...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

'Divan 2', 400, Pendant Lamp in Stainless Steel by Lyfa
Located in Paris, FR
Divan 2, size 400, pendant lamp in stainless steel by LYFA Size : H 52.2cm W 40cm D 40cm Inside: Red, purple, blue, green, white Materials : Stainless steel Textile wire (bla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

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 Furniture

Materials

Pine

Delicate Danish Coffee Table in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Coffee table, walnut, laminated wood, Denmark, 1960s. This coffee table contains a white high-gloss laminated top, a solid walnut frame and fully resembles designs of the Danish d...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

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...
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1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 3 Candleholder, Model L-95, Markaryd, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
A nice set of 2 brass and colored purple & green glass candleholder by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1950s. Purple glass has chip to the rim, but not visible when stuck on the brass h...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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 Furniture

Materials

Metal

Early Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn 'Model 2139' Coffee Table in Walnut Burl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, early edition coffee table model 2139, walnut burl top, walnut legs, maple rim, Sweden, design 1948, manufactured ca. 1952 This classic coffee table ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Maple, Walnut, Burl

Contemporary White Oak Dining Table by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Organic Modern Wood Veneer 27" Chandelier
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement with this organic modern shade offered in several wood types. Modern lighting for alcove, entrywa...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

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.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

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...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Teak

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