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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 the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator 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, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner 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
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 More Lighting

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Metal

Paavo Tynell Wall Lights Model #9459
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of brass cone shaped wall lights with white lacquered interior by Paavo Tynell for Taito, model #9459. The height is adjustable on the wall mounted bracket as well as the ange...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Pendants in Wicker and Brass, 1970s, Denmark
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderful set of vintage handmade wicker pendants made in the 1970s Denmark. The elegant and simple design and the woven cane creates a warm and very pleasant light.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Cane, Rattan

Houseof Metal Diner Pendant Light in Brass
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
Everyone makes a diner pendant these days... but not like ours. The adjustable pendant wire suspends a high quality metal shade, which focuses light down on to the work surface below...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Niels Rasmussen Thykier, Table Light, Origin: Denmark, Circa 1940
Located in New York, NY
Niels Rasmussen Thykier (1883 Danish - ), table light, origin: Denmark, circa 1940 This lamp is the precursor of Fog and Mørup’s "Kongeleys" table lamp designed by Rasmussen in 1928...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Fagerhult Iconic Sonatra Pendant by Jan Wickelgren, Large Stock
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very beautiful and fascinating Sonatra pendant designed by Jan Wickelgren and manufactured by Fagerhult in 2006 in Sweden. This iconic example of Scandinavian design features an Opal...
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Early 2000s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Pair of Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps "Skarabé" for Ateljé Lyktan, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of Scandinavian Modern table lamps "Skarabé" for Ateljé Lyktan. The Skarabé (Scarabé) were designed by Stig Ahlström, Clas Kock and Lars Bylund for Ateljé Lyktan, Sweden in earl...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Art Deco Pair of Signed Swedish Modern Candelabras by Nils Fougstedt in Bronze
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare Art Deco pair of Swedish modern candelabras signed by Nils Fougstedt in Bronze. Probably made between 1920-1935. Nils Fougsted had several assignments for Firma Svenskt Ten...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Bronze

Rare Paavo Tynell Double Pendant
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Such an incredible example of Paavo Tynell's lighting designs. This example is rather unusual and comes with the original custom ordered glass shades. Simple and Classic. Soli...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Konsthantverk SVEP Small Iron Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Stoby designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s technique...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Iron

Wonderful High Adjustable Reading and Floor Lamp
Located in Munich, DE
Attributed to Josef Frank. Brass and silk shade. Measures: High adjustable 110cm - 172cm. Matching side table also available.
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1950s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Houseof Metal Diner Pendant Light in White
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
Everyone makes a diner pendant these days... but not like ours. The adjustable pendant wire suspends a high quality metal shade, which focuses light down on to the work surface below...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Scandinavian Modern white wood pendant with brushed steel
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This contemporary wood veneer pendant gives a warm light. There are many luxury design applications for this min...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Birch, Poplar, Bog Wood, Reclaimed Woo...

Scandinavian Modern White Wood Pendant with Brushed Steel
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This contemporary wood veneer pendant gives a warm light. There are many luxury design applications for this min...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Reclaimed Wood, Bentwood

Johan Carpner Grenverk Black Brass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk Tyringe
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Grenverk designed by Johan Carpner and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tech...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Rare Natural Wood 19" Pendant-Limited Edition
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Other

Danish Modern, Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Style Adjustable Table Lamp, 1950s ca
Located in Odense, DK
Nicely patinated adjustable table lamp. Made in brass with great details. The style reminds alot of the work from the Danish designer Svend Aage Holm Sørensen. Made in 1950s. With...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern White Wood Veneer Pendant with Brushed Brass
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style with Danish modern look. A contemporary pendant in wood veneer and brushed brass hardware. There are many luxury ...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Birch, Poplar, Bog Wood, Reclaimed Woo...

Mid-Century Modern white wood 19" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Danish style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is customizable, off...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Ceiling Pendant in Steel of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Ceiling pendant in steel of Danish design from the 1960s. The lamp is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Brass & Glass Ceiling Lamp by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare ceiling lamp model T 789/12 designed and manufactured by Hans- Agne Jakobsson in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from brass with twelve original light yellow glass shades. The hei...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Rare Natural Wood 19" Pendant-Limited Edition
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Table Lamp in Disco-Metal by Just Andersen with Paper Shade, 1930s
Located in Lejre, DK
Table lamp in disco-metal by Just Andersen with paper shade, from the 1930s. The lamp is in great vintage condition.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Serene-Organic Modern Sustainable Wood Veneer 19" Pendant
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 More Lighting

Materials

Other

Danish Modern Natural 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...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

Mid-Century Modern Rare Natural Wood 19" Pendant-Limited Edition
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Scandinavian Modern Polished Brass Lamp by Bertil Brisborg for Bohlmarks
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian modern table / desk lamp by Bertil Brisborg for Bohlmarks, Sweden, circa 1950. Newly restored polished an lacquered brass, newly wired with 2 standard base sockets for u...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Johan Carpner Grenverk Black Raw Brass Floor Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model Grenverk designed by Johan Carpner and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techni...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Danish Ceramic Tablelamp Pair Burgundia by Søholm Keramik, Bornholm 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great pair of handmade Danish Modern ceramic tablelamps model 941 produced by Søholm Keramik (pottery) in Bornholm, Denmark 1970s. Beautiful glazed and glossy colors in shades of dar...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Vintage Danish Wooden Pendant Lamp
Located in High Point, NC
A mid-20th century wooden pendant lamp, produced in Denmark. This vintage lamp is made with a bentwood pendant shade and a metal canopy with gilded reflections. Aligned with the trad...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wood Veneer 23" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
Bowen is a Mid-Century Modern light fixture with an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a Danish design style. There...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Uno and Osten Kristiansson for Luxus Rosewood Table Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Scandinavian Modern table lamps designed by Uno and Osten Kristiansson for LUXUS. Minimal silhouette nicely shows off the pretty grain of the rosewood base. Emitting a soft g...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Rosewood, Acrylic

Mid-Century Modern 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...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Bentwood, Lacquer, Organic Material, Acrylic, Wood, Hardwood, Laminate

Scandinavian Design Natural Wood Pendant with Brushed Brass
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This contemporary pendant in cypress wood veneer gives a warm light. There are many luxury design applications f...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wood Veneer 23" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
Bowen is a Mid-Century Modern light fixture with an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a Danish design style. There...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Scandinavian Modern white wood pendant with brushed brass
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style with Danish modern look. A contemporary pendant in wood veneer and brushed brass hardware. There are many luxury ...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Birch, Poplar, Bog Wood, Reclaimed Woo...

Scandinavian Design Natural Wood Veneer 27" Chandelier
Located in Bend, OR
An Organic 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, entryway, d...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood, Burl

Scandinavian Design rare natural wood 27" chandelier-Limited Edition
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century 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 desig...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Hardwood, Cypress, Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood, Organic Material

SERENE-Organic Modern sustainable wood veneer 19" pendant
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...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Scandinavian Modern Wood Veneer 14" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Mid-Century Modern style pendant also use as a Danish Modern statement.This organic modern shade is offered in several wood types. Contemporary lighting for luxury design applicati...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Other

Verner Panton VP Globe by Louis Poulsen, Extra Large and Early Edition, 1970s
Located in Madrid, ES
Verner Panton VP Globe for Louis Poulsen, early edition from 1970s. Rare version, extra large dimension with diameter 60cm/23.6".
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Ege Dagnæs, Large Ceramic Wall Scone, Made in Denmark, Mid Century, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Danish modern ceramic wall lamp from the 1960s, produced by the Danish company Dagnæs. A decorative wall lamp made of ceramic in various shades of brown. This item is in a great ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Green Metal Table Lamp Pair by Erik Tidstrand for NK, Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and green vintage metal and brass pair of table/desk lamps designed by Erik Tidlund for Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) in the 1930s - Sweden. Functionalistic and mushroom shaped lamps ...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Wood Veneer Chandelier 32" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Wood

Organic Modern Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. A Scandinavian design as a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a warm light. There are many luxury design a...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Hardwood, Bentwood, Reclaimed Wood, Burl, Organic Material, Wood

Houseof Pink Cone Shade Wall Light with Metal and Brass
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
This sleek and practical wall sconce fuses traditional and contemporary. The stem base suspends an oversized cone shade which casts a wide atmospheric glow. Ideal for a living space ...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Metal

Brass & Glass Ceiling Lamp Model T 789/12 by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare ceiling lamp model T 789/12 designed and manufactured by Hans-Agne Jakobsson in Sweden during the 1950s. Made from brass with original light yellow glass shades (12). Adjustabl...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Oak and Brass Table and Desk Lamp by ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely oak and brass table lamp mod E1318 probably by Hans Bergström for ASEA, Sweden, 1950s. Oak and brass pole, brass foot base with a light switch. Brass shade and body adjustable...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Modern Saturnus Opaline Pendant, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern chrome pendants with satin-finished opal glass. These opal glass "Saturn" shaped spheres have a soft light partition. 6 pieces available. Dimension shade 45 cm- 4...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Opaline Glass

Scandinavian Modern White Wood 27" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid Century 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 appli...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Metal

Scandinavian Modern wood 24" chandelier pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Acrylic, Laminate, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

FLEUR Cypress Wood Mini Pendant with Brushed Brass
Located in Bend, OR
Modern mini pendant in cypress wood veneer, FLEUR gives a warm light. It is 13" W x 9" H. This Mid-Century Modern lighting is a designer style going well with furniture like bars, al...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Bentwood, Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Birch, Poplar, Bog Wood, Rec...

Scandinavian Modern 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...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood, Cypress

Vintage Midcentury Leather Chrome Floor Lamp Atelje Lyktan, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
The Simris floor lamp is designed by Anders Pehrson who took over the business of Atelje´ Lyktan in 1964. The lamp has a chrome foot with a leather and chrome on the other parts. The...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Houseof Charcoal Grey Opal Ball Cluster Ceiling Light with Metal and Glass Shade
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
This big drop cluster ceiling light is perfect for high ceilings. The large ceiling rose suspends nine adjustable opal glass shades, which diffuse a warm illuminating glow. Ideal for...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Metal

Danish Modern Table Lambs in Ceramic, Various Red/Brown Colors, Made in 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Rustic, brutalist, large and pretty. Handmade and hand decorated Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware table lamp. Warm various colors of red and brown glaze. A great vintage lamp wel...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Houseof Brass Round Flush Ceiling Light with Metal and Glass Shade
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
Add this flush fit feature ceiling light to your room for an instant decorative effect. The flat metal base suspends two opal glass shades, which diffuse a warm illuminating glow. Id...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Metal

Contemporary Modern 27" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern chandelier pendant is a contemporary lighting fixture in wood veneer with a Scandinavian design style and an organic modern feel. There are many luxury design...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

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