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Scandinavian Modern Furniture

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Style:Scandinavian Modern
Set of 4 ‘J39’ Dining Chairs by Børge Mogensen for FDB Møbler, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of 4 model ‘J39’ dining chairs by Børge Mogensen for FDB Møbler, Denmark 1960’s. These chairs are made out of oak and got its original handwoven paper cord seats. Due to its diff...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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Papercord, Oak

Pair of Easy Chairs, Sweden, 1930/40s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of easy chairs reupholstered in sheepskin. Sweden, 1930/40s.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin

Pair of Table Lamps by KT Valaistus
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of table lamps, custom order produced by KT Valaistus ( Kone-Tukku Oy) for Hotel Lappee Lappeenrata, Finland. Circa 1980th. Adjustable lamps head made of polished brass mount...
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1980s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Custom Made Round Sheepskin Ottomans with Oak Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
Custom-made ottomans developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are upholstered in a warm grey sheepskin and feature oiled oa...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

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

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Copper

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

Materials

Metal, Brass

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

Materials

Brass, Metal

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 Furniture

Materials

Beech, Walnut

Roland Bench, Solid Walnut, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Roland bench is built by hand in our Louisville, KY studio using premium solid hardwoods. Simple and sturdy, the bench highlights its unique double tenon joinery with the shaped ...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Custom Made Round Shearling Ottomans
Located in London, GB
A pair of round custom made shearling ottomans on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. These items are made to...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Beech, Sheepskin

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

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Copper, Steel

Custom Made Walnut and Boucle Round Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Blek ottoman A custom-made round ottoman with solid wood frame developed & produced at our workshops in London. These examples have frames in fumed and oiled oak ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Walnut

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

Materials

Metal

Swedish Oak Night Table Pair Casino by Engström & Myrstrand for Tingströms 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great pair of oak veneer night tables model Casino - from the Bra Bohag range designed by Engström & Myrstrand for Tingströms 1960s Sweden. These tables can be used standing together...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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Oak

Custom Made Sheepskin Covered Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Round ottoman Custom-made ottomans developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. This ottoman is available to order in a ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin

Kai Kristiansen Pair of Rosewood Ottomans by Aksel Kjersgaard, 1950s
Located in London, GB
Pair of Kai Kristiansen rosewood ottomans produced by Aksel Kjersgaard in Denmark, circa 1950s. The seats has been reupholstered in off-white, pure wool fabric from Chase Erwin.   
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool, Rosewood

Slagelse Mobelvaerk 1950s Curved Boucle Sofa
Located in London, GB
This exceptional piece of Danish furniture was designed and made in the 1950s by master cabinetmakers Slagelse Mobelvaerk in Denmark. This example has been reupholstered in luxur...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Beech, Wool, Bouclé

Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
Located in London, GB
Fritz Hansen Lounge chairs, c1940s A variation of the iconic Fritz Hansen 1669 lounge chair, produced in Denmark in the 1940s. These chairs have been reupholstered in new wool...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé

42" 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

Pair of GE 671 Easy Chairs by Hans Wegner for GETAMA, Denmark, 1967
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rare pair of GE 671 easy chairs by Hans Wegner for GETAMA, Denmark, 1967. This pair is made out of solid oak, original papercord and freshly re-upholstered cushions. Masterpiece.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Papercord, Oak

Pair of Custom Made Round Boucle Ottomans with Walnut Legs
Located in London, GB
A round, custom made shearling ottoman on hardwood base with oiled walnut legs. The foam body is covered in premium, cotton-wool blend boucle fabric. These items are made to order ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

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

Materials

Organic Material, Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood, Cypress

Sling Chair with Leather, Arms Connected, Lounge Armchair Walnut + Black Leather
Located in Bend, OR
This chair is exactly the same as our Classic sling chair with one exception: the arms connect to the back supports. This listing includes one chair. This award-winning leather an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Walnut

Sam Larsson for DUX Armchairs Model ‘Sam’ in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sam Larsson for DUX International, dining chairs model 'Sam', cognac leather, fabric, metal, Sweden, design 1974 Dining chairs model ‘Sam’ designed by Sam Larsson (1910-1998) in 197...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Scandinavian Upholstered Lounge Chair in Sheepskin, Scandinavia, ca 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Scandinavian design is a distinctive style that represents a design philosophy, guided by functionality, simplicity and clean lines. The maker of this lounge chair not only had a pre...
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Wooden Scandinavian Design Table Farmhouse Side Pond
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Exploring fluid lines and featuring a sculptural shape, Farmhouse Side Table Pond represents a new, organic addition to Frama’s Permanent Collection. Introduced as a natural extensi...
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2010s Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Custom Made Oak and Shearling Round Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design Blek Ottoman A custom-made round ottoman with solid wood frame developed & produced at our workshops in London. This examples have frames in oiled European oak an...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Fabric, Bouclé

Danish Cabinetmaker 1950s Curved Boucle Sofa
Located in London, GB
Classic curved sofa from master Danish cabinetmakers Slagelse Mobelvaerk, produced in Denmark circa 1940s. Oiled and stained, patinated oak legs with new off-white cotton-wool mix bo...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Oak

Scandinavian 2-Door 3-Drawer High Sideboard by Eric Gizard, Paris
Located in Landivy, FR
This 2 doors and 3 drawers sideboard is designed by Eric Gizard - Paris. It is 100% made in France with solid ash wood, veneer and lacquered doors in MDF panels. The 2 doors o...
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2010s French Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Ash

Custom Made Walnut and Boucle Round Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Blek ottoman A custom-made round ottoman with solid wood frame developed & produced at our workshops in London. These examples have frames in fumed and oiled oak ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Walnut

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

Materials

Glass

Pair of Chest of Drawers in Pine, Made by Danish Cabinetmaker, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A pair of chest of drawers, made in pine and with leather handles. Crafted by a unknown Danish cabinetmaker in 1970s. The pair are in a general good vintage condition. Original a...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

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

Materials

Metal, Brass

Early 20th Century Stained Pine Chair by Carl Malmsten, Model "Skedblad", 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
A rare dining / office chair in stained pine. Designed by Carl Malmsten in 1930s. Model "Skedblad". It has an incredibly strong character, with its rounded, bowl-shaped back. At ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

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

Materials

Brass

Minimal Three-Legged Stool 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

Paul Boman Wingback Chair in Pearl Bouclé Fabric and Beech, Finland, 1940s
By Paul Boman
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare armchair was designed by Paul Boman and produced by his company Oy Paul Boman AB in Finland in the 1940s. The design offers a nice contrast between the curved lines of the ...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Upholstery, Beech

Pierre Forsell, Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Forsell - Candlestick Model Variabel Produced by Skultuna, Sweden 1950's This adjustable candleholder is an exquisite example of the refined approach designed by Pierre For...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Swedish Skvattram Style Rug Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau Collection Swedish Skvattram Style Rug Rug Size: 14'5" × 19'4" (439 × 589 cm) Colors: ivory, black, charcoal This imposing geometric area rug is the quintessence of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool

Vintage Cantilever Lounge Chair by Alvar Aalto, Model 31, Finland, Designed 30s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare armchair by Alvar Aalto, model 31 in birch, upholstered in cowskin. The general impression is really good. This armchair is one of several designed by the celebrated archit...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Cowhide, Birch

Pair of Rosewood and Boucle Vintage Ottomans, circa 1960s
Located in London, GB
Pair of rectangular ottomans, produced in Denmark in the 1950s. Solid rosewood frames with rectangular seats covered in new off-white luxury bouclé fabric.       
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

1950s Boucle Sofa by Carl Malmsten
Located in London, GB
Carl Malmsten Carl Malmsten Small Sofa, c1940s This exceptional piece of Swedish furniture was designed in the 1940s by master cabinetmaker & designer Carl Malmsten. It was pro...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Danish Cabinetmaker Elm Wood Stool, Denmark 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Denmark has a long history of furniture-making. Through the 19th century, the country also had a very strong tradition of cabinetmaking, or producing traditional furniture by hand. I...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Elm

Danish Modern Curved Brutalist Bench in Solid Oak, Made in 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Danish brutalist Bench in solid oak. Made back in 1950s. Great curves and modern lines, well suited for every modern interior style. It can well be placed in a modern,...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Arctic Opal Blown Glass Vase by Gunnar Cyrén for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
Beautiful oval vase in mouth-blown opal opaque glass. The arctic vase was originally designed in the 1960s by the acclaimed Swedish glass artist and silversmith, Gunnar Cyrén and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Blown Glass

Contemporary White Oak Dining Table by Coolican & Company (36" x 76")
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

Lato Set of Side Tables in White Steel & Marble by Luca Nichetto for &tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
At first glance, Lato resembles a sculpture, with its slim, oval and round table top balanced by an oval-shaped base. Striking, graphic and poetic, its purity of form is proof that ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble, Steel

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

Materials

Fabric, Teak

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

Materials

Brass

LATO ln9,Warm Black steel & Marble Side Table by Luca Nichetto for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
At first glance, Lato resembles a sculpture, with its slim, Oval table top balanced by an oval-shaped base. The marble is turned into shape on a lather and then honed to a semi Matt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble, Steel

Stingray Rocking Chair, Model 3510, by Thomas Pedersen and Fredericia
Located in Lejre, DK
Stingray rocking chair, model 3510, designed by Thomas Pedersen and manufactured by Fredericia Furniture. It is upholstered with cogence colored leather and with a frame of high glos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Acrylic

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 Furniture

Materials

Beech

Set of Two ‘Safari’ Lounge Chairs from Denmark, Produced in the 1960’s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of two ‘Safari’ lounge chairs from Denmark, produced in the 1960’s. This set features a frame made out of ash and seats made out of cotton. Age related marks as seen on the pictu...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Ash

Teak Armchair, "Bambi", from Raastad & Reling, Norway, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful teak armchair from Raastad & Reling, model called “Bambi”. Wreathed rattan seat and back. Curved, smooth lines, wonderful silhouette.
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Teak

Set of Two Danish Armchairs in Teak and Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of two armchairs, teak, blue fabric, Denmark, 1960s Stunning pair of armchairs with striking backrests. The model is angular and modest as it is build up in mainly horizontal a...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Danish Cabinetmaker, Side Chair, Carved Solid Oak, Denmark, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A side chair, designed and produced in Denmark, 1930s-1940s. In solid carved oak. Other designers of the period include Axel Einar Hjorth, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Jacques Ruhlm...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Group of Five Danish Brass Candle Holders
Located in London, GB
Five solid brass Mid-Century Modern candle holders, 2 pairs and a single for regular candles. The tall one is by Hyslop. The middle one is labelled SKS Design Measures: Heights: 18-...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Børge Mogensen, Armchairs in Oak and Woven Cane, BM-62, Denmark, 1957
Located in DE
A set of 2 Børge Mogensen dining chairs BM-62 in solid oak and woven cane from 1957. Manufactured by Frederica Stolefabrik in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Cane, Oak

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