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Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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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Gunnar Ander Candlesticks Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pair of candlesticks designed by Gunnar Ander. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Nanny Still for Riihimäen Lasi, Vase in Gray and Clear Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nanny Still (1926-2009) for Riihimäen Lasi. Rare vase in gray and clear mouth-blown art glass. Finnish design, 1960s. Measures: 11 x 9.2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Tapio Wirkkala, A Sterling Silver Art-Object, Model TW 36, Kultakeskus, 1959
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala, A sterling silver art-object, Model TW 36, Kultakeskus, Finland 1959 Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design,...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Set of Three Stoneware Vases by Carl-Harry Stålhane, Rörstrand, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of htree vases designed by Carl.Harry Stålhane. hand made at Rörstrand in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from stoneware with abstract decor on light green glazes. Very good condit...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

Finn Juhl & Grethe Kornerup-Bang, Paperbin
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Finn Juhl & Grethe Kornerup-Bang paperbin in laquered steel. Handles with cane.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in an asymmetrical, fun form. Graphic, hand-painted pattern of black and aquamarine stripes.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Vintage Scandinavian Bull Sculpture in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Scandinavian figurine or small sculpture of a young bull. It is made from cast brass and shows great details and rich patina consistent with its age. Measurements: W/L: 19 cm, H: 12....
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

1960s Brass and Glass ‘Claudia’ Candleholder Made by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: candleholder element "Claudia" Design: Hans Agne Jakobsson Producer: Hans Agne Jakobsson ab, Sweden Description: This candlelight holder was des...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal, Brass

Model 341 Candelabrum by Erik Hoglund
Located in Dronten, NL
A vintage twelve-arm chandelier designed by Erik Hoglund, Model 341. Glass pendants made by Boda Nova Glassworks; wrought iron frame made by Axel Stromberg Ironworks, Sweden, circa ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Wrought Iron

Bjørn Wiinblad Unique Ceramic Figure, "Autumn" in Blue "Seasons"
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad unique ceramic figure. "Autumn" in blue "Seasons". Signed and dated. 2000. Measures: 33 x 13,5 cm. In perfect condition. All 4 figures from the "Seasons" in stock.
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Scandinavian Modern Pair of Heart Shaped Holmegaard Vases by Per Lutken
Located in London, GB
A pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern heart shaped vases in light blue hand blown art glass. Both vases are intact and in beautiful colour and bright condition. By designer and artisti...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Børge Mogensen Desk Organizer, Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Desk organizer designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced in Sweden by Karl Andersson & Söner during the 1950s. Made from solid light oak with insert boxes in red, white and grey/green pai...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Oak

Børge Mogensen Desk Organizer, Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Desk organizer designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced in Sweden by Karl Andersson & Söner during the 1950s. Made from solid light oak with insert boxes in red, white and grey/green pai...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Oak

Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1980s
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture in oak, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1980s. Ole is famous for his wooden sculptures and he has presented in international magazines like ARK Journal.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Oak, Wood

Wooden Sculpture by Danish Artist Ole Wettergren, 1965
Located in Odense, DK
Large wooden sculpture, made by Danish artist Ole Wettergren in 1965. This is hes first wooden sculpture made. Ole is famous for hes wooden sculptures and he has presented in intern...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with Stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gunnar Nylund "Iller" Stonewear Weasel with stand for Rörstrand Sweden 1960's A beautiful vintage weasel in stoneware by Gunnar Nylund for Ro¨rstrand, Sweden, circa 1960 in perfec...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Candlesticks
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian candlesticks in brass and rosewood.
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Rosewood

Kaj Franck, Large Blue Glass Art-Object, Model KF 261, Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, c.1965
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Kaj Franck - Large blue glass art-object, model KF 261 - Nuutajärvi-Notsjö, circa 1965 Artist Kaj Franck (Vyborg, Finland 1911 – Santorini, Greece 1989) was an influential Finnis...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Cut Glass, Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Set of 3 Gunnar Ander Brass and Glass Flowers Candleholder Ystad Metall, Sweden
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful set of 3 Gunnar Ander candleholder for Ystad Metall, Sweden Delicate blue glass flowers and patinated gold-plated brass stems.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Royal Copenhagen Vases and Dish by Ivan Weiss, Denmark
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Set of 2 vases and a dish designed by ceramist Ivan Weiss for Royal Copenhagen from the series "Duet" 1970s. Measures: Vase: H 23 cm x W 10.5 cm x D 7.5 cm Vase: H 19 cm x W 9....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Miniature Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful miniature stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg. Vibrant “Aniara” glaze in blue and aquamarine tones.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Ewald Dahlskog, Green Art Deco Globose Vase, Bo Fajans, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A globose vase designed by Ewald Dahlskog at Bo Fajans in Gefle in the 1930s. This vases was first presented at the Stockholm exhibition in 1930, that was the start for the functiona...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Inger Persson for Rörstrand, Vase in Partially Glazed Ceramics, 1970s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Inger Persson (b. 1936) for Rörstrand. Vase in partially glazed ceramics. Swedish design, 1970s. Measures: 22.5 x 10 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Henning Koppel Teak Bowl for Georg Jensen, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Henning Koppel staved teak bowl for Georg Jensen. Signed, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Teak

Kjell Blomberg Vase Produced by Gullaskruf in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare glass vase designed by Kjell Blomberg. Produced by Gullaskruf in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Candlestick in Brass and Mouth-Blown Art Glass
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall. Candlestick in brass and mouth-blown art glass shaped like flowers. 1950s. Measures: 20.5 x 13.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Large Danish Modern Carved Teakwood Fruit / Serving Bowl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish hand carved teak serving / fruit bowl with exquisite grain and an impressive size: H: 5.13" x L: 18.63" x D: 11. Excellent, vintage condition with only a few light spots of f...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Teak

Round Porcelain Lidded Trinket Box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line
Located in San Diego, CA
Round porcelain lidded trinket box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line, circa 1970s. The box is 5" D x 6.5" H made of white porcelain decorated with a geometric gold leaf mot...
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Gold Leaf

Herman Bergman, Jar, Stockholm, 1940
Located in Stockholm, SE
Jar in pewter and brass, with figurative motif. Made by Herman Bergman Konstguteri, Stockholm, 1940 (08).
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Pewter

Rubus Vase by Gunnar Nylund 1960s Rörstrand, Sweden
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Swedish stoneware vase designed by Gunnar Nylund. Part of the "Rubus" series. Manufactured by Rörstrand during the 1960s. Ceramic with brown mottled matte glaze.   
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Olle Alberius for Rörstrand, Sarek Vase in Hand Painted Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Olle Alberius for Rörstrand. Sarek vase in hand painted glazed ceramics. Swedish design, 1960s-1970s. Measures: 22 x 9 cm. In excellent condition. 1st factory quality.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Gold-Plated Candleholders by Hugo Asmussen, Denmark, Set of 3
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of three gold-plated candleholders designed by Hugo Asmussen, produced by Asmussen in Denmark during the 1970s. Drop shaped candlesticks with 24-carat gold plating. Engraved u...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Gold Plate, Brass

Anna-Lisa Thomson, "Flora" Vase, Stoneware, Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden, 1949
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early modernist vase model Flora. Designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson, for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden. With stamp including artist's initials. Only produced in 1949. Other designers of the...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Tapio Wirkalla, Set of All Sizes “leaf” Art-Object, Model 3337, Ittala, 1950s
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkalla, set of all sizes “leaf” Art-object, model 3337, Ittala, 1950s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkka...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

1960s Large Christmas Brass Candelabra for 24 Candles Made in Denmark
Located in Krefeld, DE
Oval brass table Christmas candleholder for 24 candles. Beautiful condition with very nice patina. Made in Denmark, 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand from Kosta, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Handcrafted glass vase by Vicke Lindstrand, made during the 1950s at Kosta Glasbruk. Signed Kosta LH 5864.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Vase by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Stoneware vase designed by Einar Johansen for Søholm, 1960s. Glaze in various blue tones. Stamp from the maker on the bottom. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Set of 3 Brass Wall Candlesticks "Sunburst" Holmström, Arvika, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
These wall candlesticks were hand -sculpted in Arvika, Sweden. The candlesticks are made in brass by famous Holmström Arvika. These ones are signed on the back. The name Sunburst was...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Thelma Zoéga Candlesticks Produced in Sweden
By Thelma Zoéga
Located in Malmo, SE
Set of 3 candlesticks designed by Thelma Zoéga. Produced in Sweden. Dimensions (Ø x H): 4 x 10-18 cm.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Modern Adjustable Candleholder, Model Variation by Pierre Forsell
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern adjustable candleholder. Model "Variabel", in solid brass by Pierre Forsell, Skultuna, Sweden. No 1607. Forssell (1925-2004) was a trained silversmith. During th...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Blown Glass

Edvin Ollers Jar with Lid in Pewter Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Pewter jar with lid designed by Edvin Ollers. Produced in Sweden.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pewter

Midcentury Ceramic Bowl by Gunnar Nylund 'Set of 2', 1950s
Located in Malmo, SE
A set of two small ceramic bowls designed by Swedish potter Gunnar Nylund in the 1950s. Two different but equally beautiful glazes. Very good vintage condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders, Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall,
Located in Bochum, NRW
Pair of candleholders designed by Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall, Sweden, 1950s. A double lights candleholder shaped as flowers, with blue transparent art glass, mounted on a brass/...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Nils Landberg Elongated "Tulip" Vase
Located in New York, NY
Delicate and ethereal 'Tulipglas' vase with dramatically elongated, fluting body on a slender column and flaring base. Rose/clear coloration. Designed by Nils Landberg and produced b...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Handwrought Iron Candlestick by Bertil Vallien
Located in Providence, RI
Bertil Vallien handwrought iron candlestick, circa 1960s, for Boda Smide Sweden. Stands 28 3/4" tall, and is 9" wide. Can be placed on the floor, a cabinet or table. Fully signed. Wo...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wrought Iron

Ivar Ålenius Björk Candlesticks Model Lily by Ystad Metall in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Set of 4 candlesticks model Lily / Liljan designed by Ivar Ålenius Björk. Produced by Ystad Metall in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Pair of Nordiska Kompaniet 'Laundry' Baskets
Located in Maastricht, NL
A pair of large, braided (laundry or storage) baskets by Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden. These early Scandinavian Modern baskets are made of Unica fiber (vulcanised paper) and have two h...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Other

Chalk White Danish Modern Ceramic Vase by Karsten Nielsen, 1980s
By Karsten Nielsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Scandinavian Modern matte, chalk white spherical ceramic vase with anthracite and light blue running accents, and small light blue tear drops. Designed and handmade by Danish ceramic...
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

1960s Per Lutken Scandinavian Midcentury Glass Candlesticks for Holmegaard
Located in Modena, IT
Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern glass candleholder designed by Per Lutken and production by Holmegaard, circa 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Set of Three “Reptil” Vases Designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sweden. 1950s. Stoneware. H: 31 cm/ 12 1/4" W: 8 cm/ 3 1/8" D: 6 cm/ 2 3/8"
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Six Brass Star Candleholders Designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Six candleholders, brass stars, designed by Pierre Forssell for Skultuna, Sweden, 1960s. Bottom with maker's mark and signature.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Per Lütken for Holmegaard. Rare "Hygge" Lamp for Candles in Blue
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Lütken for Holmegaard. Rare "Hygge" lamp for candles in blue and clear art glass. Designed in 1958. In very good condition. Measures: 26 x 12.5 cm.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Bowl and Nutcraker Teak Digsmed Danmark
Located in Langserud, SE
Nice carved bowl in teak with a nicely to the bowl fitted nutcracker. Designed in Denmark for Digsmed. Good condition Measures 18 x 18 cm H 10 cm.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Teak

Acrylic Fruit Bowl in Red by Verner Panton for Dansk Acryl Technik
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A stunning creation from Verner Panton, this particular one in red acrylic and signature in Silver is the most wanted of all the colors, and it is in great condition. It is meant to...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Acrylic

Vase and Jug Erik Höglund Boda, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful jug and vase designed by Erik Höglund, Sweden. The green glass is filled with air bubbles which is significant of Erik. They are both in very good condition. And the vas...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Just Andersen Set of Four Metal Pieces Denmark, 1930s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A set of four metal pieces by Danish designer Ib Just Andersen (1884-1943). They are made of Disko metal; an alloy of lead and antimony, which was Andersen's own invention and named ...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Little Girl Figurine from Royal Copenhagen, 1920s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Little girl with bear figurine from Royal Copenhagen.
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Decorative Objects

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Porcelain