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Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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
Verner Panton Click Clock Watch, 1992
Located in Weesp, NL
Click clock 1992 Verner Panton watch new old stock. Click-clock consists of building block components for putting together a clock or watch. It has individual geometrical elements w...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Clocks

Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, White Plastic Wall Clock, 1960s-1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen. White plastic wall clock. Dial with Roman numerals. Clockwork quartz, 1960s-1970s. Size: Diameter 30 cm. In very good condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Plastic

Wall Clock, Designed by Henning Koppel for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Wall clock, designed by Henning Koppel for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s. Lacquered steel. Measures: D 40 cm/ 15 3/4".
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Steel

Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Clock by Elgin
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass/teak frame, clock face with arabic digits. Made by Elgin in the 1950s.
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1950s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wall Clock by Elexacta Schatz, Teak and Brass 1960s Germany
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Stunning wall clock made of teak and brass. One of the most beautiful models I have seen to date. An eye catcher par excellence. Made in Germany. Electric, battery opera...
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1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

President Wall Clock in Marble Glass by Sidse Werner for Holmegaard, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A very rare wall clock in caramel marble glass. Designed by female designer Sidse Werner in the mid 1970s. It is called President Wall Clock and this one is the largest in the series...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

Swedish 1930s Floor Clock from Mjölby Intarsia
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking 1930s floor clock from Mjölby Intarsia. Sleek, clean design and a beautiful inlayed motif of birds around a fountain. Beams spread out from behind the clockwork. The wood on...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

Swedish Modern Ceramic Wall Clock by Ulrica Hydman Vallien 1990s Sweden
Located in Miami, FL
By Ulrica Hydman Vallien, ceramic wall clock retailed in the 90s by Time Design. Designed with Hydman' s iconic triangular face in turquoise surrounded by a yellow circle in a white ...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Ceramic

Henning Koppel Brass Wall Clock by Georg Jensen
Located in Valby, 84
Rare Henning Koppel brass wall clock by Georg Jensen manufactured in the 1950’s by danish manufacturer Georg Jensen. This clock is designed by danish designer Henning Koppel who is ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, White Plastic Wall Clock, 1960s-1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen. White plastic wall clock. Dial with Roman numerals. Clockwork quartz, 1960s-1970s. Measures: Diameter 40 cm. In very good condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Plastic

Arne Jacobsen and Georg Christensen Banker's Wall Clock
By Georg Christensen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Vienna, AT
Arne Jacobsen and Georg Christensen Banker's clock created for the Danish National Bank in 1971. Steel with Quartz clockwork. Measures: Ø 30 cm.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Steel

Modernist Grandfather Clock in Steel and Glass
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and possibly unique modernist grandfather clock by unknown designer. Clockwork model P112 by Junghans in Germany.
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1930s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Steel

Scandinavian Wall Clock in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Coffin shaped wall clock with rosewood veneer to all visible surfaces. The dial is finished with hour markers and sword hands in brass. Anonymous Scandinavian watch makers circa 1960...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass

Monumental Wall Clock, Anonymous, Denmark, 1947
Located in Stockholm, SE
Monumental wall clock, anonymous, Denmark, 1947. Pewter and brass. Measures: H 78 cm/ 30 3/4" L 130 cm/ 51 1/4".
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Clocks

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Brass, Pewter

Scandinavian Modern Teak Longcase Clock
By Westminster Clocks
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A very unusual item, a Scandinavian Modern long case clock, made from teak and glass, the cabinet at the top below the dial, has a mirror back and is illuminated. The other two compa...
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Glass, Teak

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