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Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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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Swedish Designer, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Oak, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A functionalist wall light / task light, designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s-1950s. Features brass. Fabric lampshade. Adjustable. Stated dimensions with lampshade attached as i...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish, Sculptural Table Lamp, Solid Wood, Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sculptural table lamp. Lamp mounted atop of wooden architectural element, Sweden, c. 1940s. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. The lampshade is not inc...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Wood

Pair of Mid Century Sculptural Danish Ceramic Wall Sconces, by Ege Dagnæs, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A pair of danish ceramic wall lamps from the 1970s, produced by the Danish company Dagnæs. These decorative wall lamps is made of ceramic in various shades of brown. The pair is ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Nordiska Kompaniet, Task Light, Brass, Beige Lacquered Metal, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A task light / desk light / wall light, designed by Nordiska Kompaniet. Produced 1940s. Impressed with makers mark and model number. Likely originally designed to be mounted on a ...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Table Lamp in Brass and Leather by Falkenberg Belysning, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Table lamp in solid brass and stitched leather by Falkenberg belysning, Sweden. This lamp is a good example of the clean, strict Scandinavian design of the 1960's. The brass is beaut...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Houseof Pink Diffuser Wall Light with Metal with LED Bulb
By houseof
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
This versatile, low-profile wall light is part of the houseof diffuser family. The round shade folds to diffuses a warm illuminating glow. Ideal for a living space or bedroom. Not ju...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Danish Art Deco Round Wooden Table Lamp in Birch, 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
An early 20th century wooden birch table lamp. Made in Denmark. Beautiful wood grains that complementary the overall impression of this Art Deco table lamp. Great vintage conditio...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Birch

Serene-Organic Modern Sustainable Wood Veneer 14" 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 Lighting

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Other

Houseof Charcoal Grey Diffuser Flush Ceiling Light with Metal
By houseof
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
This low profile flush fit ceiling light is perfect for low ceilings. The circular metal frame encloses an integrated LED bulb and flat opal acrylic shade, which diffuses a wide brig...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen PH 4/3 Pendants
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, pair of pendants model PH4/3, in metal, Denmark 1950s. Pair of iconic PH chandeliers designed by Poul Henningsen. Consisting of three curved sh...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Danish Modern Kähler Sculptural Table Lamp Amber Yellow by P E Eliasen, 1960s
By Poul Erik Eliasen, Carl Cunningham Cole
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Sculptural Mid-century Danish table lamp from the ceramic studio Kähler (HAK). The lamp was designed by Poul Erik Eliasen and manufactured ca. 1960s or early 1970s. The lamp is made...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Ceramic, Fabric

1960s Brass and Glass Cylindrical Chandelier by Konsthantverk Tyringe, Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful Scandinavian cylindrical chandelier by Konsthantverk Tyringe in Sweden in brass. The cylinders can be, when liked, together or separately switched, in a set of two and th...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

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

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Brass

Henrik Tengler DK Two Arms Wall Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model DK designed by Henrik Tengler and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techniques...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish, Table Lamp, Brass, Rattan, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable table lamp / desk light, designed and produced in Sweden, circa 1950s-1960s. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade, height includes socket. Assorted vintage rattan lam...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

1960s Teak and Agate Geode Hanging Night Light
Located in Garnerville, NY
A superb bench made teak and agate geode inlaid nigh light. A teak light box that contains three very small watt bulbs that light up behind the geode inlay. Circa 1968-70. Approxi...
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1960s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Agate

Fog & Mørup, "Tulip" Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, Milk Glass, Denmark, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights model "Tulip". Produced by Fog & Mørup, Denmark, c. 1950s In brass, featuring its original milk glass diffusers.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass Wall Lamp with Smoked Glass Shades, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This wall lamp is perhaps the most stunning model of Jakobsson’s. With a brass frame holding five smoked, translucent glass shades, this lamp is the upgraded, larger version of the m...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Houseof Olive Green Cone Shade Wall Light with Metal and Brass
By houseof
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 Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Floor Lamps by Hans Agne Jacobsson, Made in Sweden
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of floor lamps designed by Hans Agne Jacobsson and made for AB Markaryd. Great original condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Table Lamp by Bitossi
Located in Long Island City, NY
Large table lamp by Bitossi ceramic, Italy , Circa 1960th. Signed. Newly rewired. Ceramic base dimensions 24" height x 8" diameter. Total height 35".
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1960s Italian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in Black for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in black for Louis Poulsen. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lamp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Scandinavian Table Lamp, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant articulate table lamp, with matte black metal base, curved brass arm, orientable aluminium shade in textured ivory, on/off switch on the base, wired for US standards, one E27...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Swedish Designer, Organic Wall Light, Brass, Rattan, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A two armed wall light. designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. Stated dimensions with lampshades attached. Assorted vintage rattan lampshades.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in White Opal for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in white opal for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal acrylic. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Steel, Aluminum

Large Bonderup & Thorup Copper 'Semi' Pendant
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Bonderup & Thorup copper 'Semi' pendant. Designed in 1968 by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Copper, Aluminum

Sabina Grubbeson Fenomen Stor Clear Glass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Fenomen Stor designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsm...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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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 Lighting

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Wrought Iron

Hans Bergström Floor Lamp in Teak and Brass, ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in The Hague, NL
This striking floor lamp was designed by Hans Bergström and produced by ASEA in Sweden in the early 1950s. A very rare and elegant model by one of the masters of Swedish Modern light...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' Table Lamp in Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Cobra' table lamp in black. Designed in 1950 by Grossman, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces her work with scru...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Paavo Tynell Chandelier Model 9029/6 in Brass and Amber Glass
Located in New York, NY
Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy rare and elegant chandelier or ceiling light model 9029/6 with beautifully ornate brass structure holding 6 amber cased glass shades, brass spiral rosette a...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish, Organic Table Lamp, Brass, Wood, Rattan, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, designed and produced in Sweden, circa 1930s. Features an organic brass rod on a wooden base. Assorted vintage rattan lampshade.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Set of Two Moonlight Table Lamps by Jørgen Møller for Royal Copenhagen
Located in Haderslev, DK
Moonlight is the name of this stunning design set of table lamps by Jørgen Møller. Made in collaboration between two Danish renowned design companies Georg Jensen and Royal Copen...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Lacquer

Sabina Grubbeson Kusk Iron Oxide Leather Table Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model Kusk designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techn...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Iron

Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd Model T601/M Pendant in Pink, 1960s
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd pink colored silk fringed pendant with brass frame, dating from the 1960s.   Fully working, rewired, safety tested and passed - E27 / E26 Edison ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Yki Nummi 'Lokki' Pendant for Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Yki Nummi 'Lokki' pendant for Innolux Oy. Designed in 1960, Nummi's innovative 'Lokki' is one of the best-known finnish design Classics. The name Lokki comes from the Finnish word fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 3 1/2 -2 1/2 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 3½-2½ table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a brass, chrome or black metallized frame. The Industrial look of the dark met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Houseof Pink Diffuser Flush Ceiling Light with Metal and Acrylic Shade
By houseof
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
This low profile flush fit ceiling light is perfect for low ceilings. The circular metal frame encloses an integrated LED bulb and flat opal acrylic shade, which diffuses a wide brig...
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2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Large Danish Wall Lamps in Brass and Acrylic
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lamps, brass, acrylic, Denmark, 1950s These elegant 71.5 cm (28.15 in.) long wall lights consist of a brass fixture from which two arms with two shades each are adjusted. Two...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in Orange for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in orange for Louis Poulsen. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Henrik Tengler DK 4 Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model DK 4 designed by Henrik Tengler and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techn...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Johan Carpner Klyfta 6L Raw Brass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Klyfta 6L designed by Johan Carpner and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s t...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Outdoor Sconce in Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' outdoor sconce in black. Executed in black painted metal with brass hardware. An incredibly refined design that is quintessentially Scandinavian. For in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Polished Brass Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' polished brass outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in raw polished brass. An incredibly refi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in All Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant for Louis Poulsen in all black. Poul Henningsen introduced his iconic PH 5 pendant light in 1958. Six decades later, the PH 5 remains the bestselling des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen AJ Wall Lights for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Arne Jacobsen AJ wall lights for Louis Poulsen. Designed in 1957 among other lighting fixtures for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fixture emits downward directed lig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Zinc, Steel

Sabina Grubbeson KH#1 Black Long Arm Wall Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model KH#1 designed by Sabina Grubbeson 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 Lighting

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Brass

Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in Rose
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant for Louis Poulsen in rose. Poul Henningsen introduced his iconic PH 5 pendant light in 1958. Six decades later, the PH 5 remains the bestselling design i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Polished Copper Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' polished copper outdoor sconces. Executed in raw un-lacquered polished copper that will acquire a lovely patina over time. An incredibly refined design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Copper, Metal

Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in Classic White
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in Classic White. Poul Henningsen introduced his iconic PH 5 pendant light in 1958. Six decades later, the PH 5 remains the bestselling...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Dark Brown Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' dark brown patinated outdoor sconces. Executed in richly patinated metal. An incredibly refined design that is quintessentially Scandinavian. Designed f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

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 Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Polished Nickel Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' polished nickel outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in polished nickel. An incredibl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Nickel, Metal

Early Poul Henningsen 'Langelinie' Lamp by Louis Poulsen
Located in Utrecht, NL
Early eddition 'Langelinie' plate pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. The lamp was designed in 1958 for the Langelinie Pavilion in Copenhagen and inspired by the pattern of...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Copper, Steel

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Glass, Teak, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, in teak and glass. Shade not included. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, Lisa Johansson-Pape, and Alvar Aalto.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Glass, Wood

GamFratesi White 'YUH' Brass and Marble Floor Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
GamFratesi white 'YUH' brass and marble floor lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the YUH reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Marble, Brass, Aluminum

Mid-Century Brass and Glass Ceiling Lamp, Scandinavia, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
The Danes call it Hygge, the swedes lagom, and the Norwegians, Friluftsliv. When it comes to Scandinavian interiors, these expressions mean clear design that can be enjoyed without b...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and metalized brass. The mouth-blown three-layer opal white glass shades...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass