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Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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
Set of 5 Modern Charger Plates in Brass Made in Denmark
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful set of 5 charger plates new, circa 1970s never used, retains original label
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Brass

67 Pc Set of Rorstrand Koka Dinnerware Made in Sweden
By rorstrand studio, Bengtsson
Located in New York, NY
Rare opportunity to purchase a large set of Koka pattern dinnerware designed by Hertha Bengtsson. The set is free of chips, or cracks, some plates show knife marks to the surface, no...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Danish Teak Plates by Hafnia, a Pair
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage pair of pressed laminated teak wood plates by Hafnia. Manufacturer: Hafnia Origin: Denmark Year: 1960s Style: Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian / Danish Modern ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Teak

Jens H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grøndahl, 14 Relief Dinner Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens H. Quistgaard (1919-2008) for Bing & Grøndahl. 14 Relief dinner plates in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in mustard yellow and green shades. 1960s. Measure: Diameter: 25...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand, Seven Koka Dinner Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hertha Bengtson (1917-1993) for Rörstrand. Seven Koka dinner plates in glazed stoneware. 1960s. Diameter: 24.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. For almost half a century, H...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Jens H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grøndahl, Twelve Relief Dinner Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens H. Quistgaard (1919-2008) for Bing & Grøndahl. Twelve Relief dinner plates in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in mustard yellow shades. 1960s. Diameter: 24 cm. In excell...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand, Seven Koka Dinner Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hertha Bengtson (1917-1993) for Rörstrand. 15 Koka plates in glazed stoneware. 1960s. Diameter: 17 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. For almost half a century, Hertha Bengtson...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Jens H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grøndahl, Five Relief Deep Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens H. Quistgaard (1919-2008) for Bing & Grøndahl. Five Relief deep plates in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in mustard yellow and green shades. 1960s. Measures: 21.5 x 6 cm. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Jens H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grøndahl, Twelve Relief Deep Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens H. Quistgaard (1919-2008) for Bing & Grøndahl. Twelve Relief deep plates in glazed stoneware. Beautiful glaze in mustard yellow and green shades. 1960s. Measures: 21.5 x 6 cm...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand, Six Deep Koka Plates in Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hertha Bengtson (1917-1993) for Rörstrand. Six deep Koka plates in glazed stoneware. 1960s. Measures: 20.5 x 4.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. For almost half a century, H...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

6 Dinner Plates, Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, Berså / Bersa Green Leafs
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 dinner plates in porcelain in the very famous pattern Berså designed by Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg. They are 24.5 cm in diameter. They are in very good condition, looks like they...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Twelve Coq Deep Plates, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg. Twelve Coq deep plates. Beautiful glaze in brown shades. Swedish design, 1960s. Measures: 20 x 4 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Jackie Lynd for Rörstrand, 12 Birgitta Dinner Plates in Hand Painted Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jackie Lynd for Rörstrand. 12 Birgitta dinner plates in hand painted glazed stoneware, 1970s. Measure: Diameter 24 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. 1st factory quality.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Stoneware

Polished Stainless Steel and Navy Blue Enamel Low Bowl by Catherine Holm
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and rare polished steel and navy blue enamel bowl by Catherine Holm, circa 1960s made in Norway very nice and clean condition a rare find.
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20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stainless Steel

Jens H. Quistgaard, Bing & Grondahl. White "Cordial Palet" Dinner Plate, 14 Pcs
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grondahl. White "Cordial Palet" dinner plate in glazed stoneware, 1960s. 14 pieces in stock. Stamped. In very good condition. 1st factory quality. Me...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Bjørn Wiinblad, Seven Square "Othello" Plates in Glazed Stoneware
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006). Seven square "Othello" plates in glazed stoneware, 1960s. Stamped. Measures: 26.5 x 26.5 cm. In very good condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Stoneware

Norwegian Enameled Steel Bowl
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A graphic and elegant shallow enamel over polished stainless steel bowl. Originally distributed by Knoll International.
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Steel

Set of 17 Underplates Anonymous for Woodline, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of 17 under plates anonymous for Woodline, Denmark, 1960s. Brazilian rosewood. Measure: W 29 cm/ 11 1/2'' D 29 cm/ 11 1/2''.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Rosewood

Norwegian Enameled Steel Bowl
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A graphic and elegant shallow enamel over polished stainless steel bowl. Originally distributed by Knoll International.
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Steel

Reijmyre Glassworks, "Operakällaren", 12 Cover Plates, 12 Bread Dishes, 1980s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Reijmyre glassworks, "Operakällaren" art glass 12 cover plates, 12 pcs. bread or tapas or sushi dishes. Sweden 1980s. Measures: cover plate 30 cm, bread plate 22 cm....
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

Five Lobster Plates in Clear Glass, Josef Frank, Sweden, Mid-20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lobster plates, five plates in clear glass by Josef Frank. Produced at: Svenskt Tenn, Reijmyre / Gullaskruf, Sweden, mid-20th century. In good condition. Measures: 30 cm....
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

Blue & Yellow Stacking Dishes by Gunnar Cyren for Dansk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of twelve blue & yellow plastic dishes (4 dark blue dinner plates, 4 light blue salad plates, 2 light blue bowls, 2 yellow bowl) by Scandinavian Modern designer extraordinaire ...
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

Materials

Plastic

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Royal Copenhagen, Salto Service, White, Twelve Dinner Plates, 1960s
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Kaj Franck '1911-1989' for Nuutajärvi, Five Luna Dinner Plates in Green Glass
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Dinner Plates

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Art Glass

Swedish Modern Gunnar Cyren Dansk Set Stackable Orange/Yellow Melamine Dishes
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Stig Lindberg and Sven Jonsson for Gustavsberg, Five Porcelain Dinner Plates
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83 Pc Set Vintage Midcentury Ruska Stoneware by Ulla Procope for Arabia, Finland
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Ceramic

J. H. Quistgaard for Bing & Grondahl. Four Purple "Cordial Palet" Dinner Plates
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Stoneware

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Stoneware

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