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Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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
Nature Stone and Brass Necklace by Anna Greta Eker, Norway, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A solid and wonderful nature stone necklace with integrated colored stones from the Norwegian fauna. Lovely Scandinavian Modern design necklace by Norwegian silversmith Anna Greta Ek...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Brass

CC 2021 Tree Star Gold, Large
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary tree made entirely from a constellation of cut-out shooting stars, this festive decoration is the perfect centerpiece to a table at Christmas time. The 18 karat gold p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold Plate

CC 2021 Ball Gold
Located in New York, NY
Georg Jensen’s signature 18 karat gold plated Christmas bauble decoration is this year decorated with a stylised shooting star - a symbol of optimism and transient beauty. The open s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold Plate

Sky Dice Travel Set Cup & 5 Dice Leather & Stainless Steel
Located in New York, NY
Solve the eternal problem of what to buy for someone who has everything! This stylish dice set with stainless steel cup is perfect for someone who likes to play games at home or when...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

CC 2021 Mobile Shooting Star Gold
Located in New York, NY
The magic of a crisp and clear winter night sky is captured in this 18 karat gold plated shooting star mobile. Part of Georg Jensen’s annual Christmas Collectibles collection, the st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold Plate

Pair of Midcentury Swedish Tomte Figures / Children / Toys
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of mid century Swedish "Tomte" like children figures made of wood with yarn hair. The figures are in good vintage condition and measure 5" high by 1.5" in diameter.
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Yarn, Wood

Sky 5 Dice Set In Case Stainless Steel
Located in New York, NY
Look no further for the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Fastened with a leather strap, this dice case is fashioned from mirror polished stainless steel and is a luxuriou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

CC 2021 Tree Star Gold, Medium
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary take on a Christmas tree, this modernist version is created by abstracted shooting stars, coming together to form a stylish centerpiece. Plated in 18 karat gold, the s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold Plate

Sky Card Game Leather & Stainless Steel
Located in New York, NY
The perfect gift for the person who has everything! Perhaps the most versatile gaming set in the world, a deck of cards is the ultimate travel companion. This stylish stainless steel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

Dansk by Jens Quistgaard Teak & Stainless Match Box Holder Set Denmark 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Fabulous collectible Dansk set of 4 match box holders in original packaging. Designed in Denmark 1960s by Jens Quistgaard JHQ Made in teak wood and stainless steel Each wooden box ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stainless Steel

Hydrometer by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A black enameled hydrometer, was a part of a weather station.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Danish Silverring with Lapis Lazuli Stone by Brdr. Bjerring, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A square shaped silver ring with the Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli blue square stone on top embraced by a solid silver band edge holding the stone. Designed and made by Brødrene Bjerring ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Silver

"FritzHansen-Furniture" Catalog, 1963
Located in New York, NY
Hardcover catalog of Fritz Hansen furniture featuring work by Arne Jacobsen, Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton, Kaare Klint, Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen, Kristian Vedel, Mogen...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Vintage Naturstone and Brass/Copper Necklace by Anna Greta Eker, Norway, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A unique combination of brass, copper an naturestone! Midcentury necklace/clave with integrated beautiful nature stones from the Norwegian fauna. Lovely Scandinavian modern design ne...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Copper, Brass

"Christ Crowned with Thorns" Biblical Motif Leaded Stained Glass Panel / Window
Located in Barcelona, ES
Unique handmade leaded stained glass panel / window, depicting Christ crowned with thorns, made by Norwegian artist Alvi Eliassen in the 1960s. Multiple deep shades of blue, green an...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal, Lead

Pair of Danish Modern Sheep & Monkey Toys in Teak & Wool After Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Great and unique pair of beautiful articulated monkey and sheep with real wool, circa 1950's the sheep its made in Israel the monkey it's not marked.
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20th Century Israeli Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wool, Teak

Set of Three Like New Mid-Century Danish Vikings Figures w/ Box by Jacob Jensen
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of three like new midcentury Danish viking figures made of mixed woods with original box and pamphlet by Jacob Jensen, circa 1950s. The figures are in excellent vintage condition...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Teak, Walnut

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence Edition, Black Leather and Chrome Details
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. The Poul Henningsen-designed PH Grand Piano...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Cathrineholm Midcentury Scandinavian Modern Lotus Enamel White/Blue Dutch Oven
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An enamelware Lotus pattern Dutch oven manufactured by the Norwegian manufacturer Cathrineholm. Cathrineholm operated from 1907-1970. The popular Lotus line was designed by Grete Pry...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

Scandinavian Modern Silver ring by Pentti Sarpaneva, Åbo, 1972
Located in New York, NY
A Scandinavian Modern, Finnish silver ring in the form of a flower by Pentti Sarpaneva, for Åbo, 1972. Diameter: 1" Height: .75"
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Bojesen Monkey Repair Kit
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Boyesen's Monkey Repair Kit (Height 20 cm). For old and recent editions. EU shipping €3.00
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2010s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Teak

PH Grand Piano Vintage Model 'mid 1930's' by Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
This PH Grand Piano, from around the mid 1930's is an excellent-conditioned vintage instrument. It was in 1930 that this instrument was first designed by the Danish designer Poul Hen...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

PH Grand Piano Vintage Model '1935-1938' by Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
This PH Grand Piano, serial number 4600, was manufactured between 1935 and 1938. It is an excellent-conditioned vintage instrument that has been carefully restored. This unique piece...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Model of Danish Mid-Century Corner Chair
Located in New York, NY
Apprentice cabinet makers would make models of furniture as a part of their training. A lovely addition for a collector of miniature chairs and a generally appealing decorative acces...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Teak

Blue Stone Silver Brooch by Bergslagssmycke O Nordström -Sweden 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful blue 'Bergslagen stone' silver brooch by Ove Nordström, Skinnskatteberg 1960s. Sweden. Lovely for every occasion. The stone has various shades of blue color and are origin...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Sterling Silver

Light Blue Stone Silver Brooch by Bergslagssmycke O Nordström -Sweden 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful light blue 'Bergslagen stone' silver brooch by Ove Nordström, Skinnskatteberg 1960s. Sweden. Lovely for every occasion. The stone has various shades of blue color and are ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Sterling Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Kinetic Silver Moon 'Hopeakuu' Pendant, 1974
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An original Hopeakuu ("silver moon") pendant designed by Tapio Wirkkala, comprising nine concentric rings that move independently around a small orb at the end of a vertical support,...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Sterling Silver

Unique Brass and Copper midcentury Bracelet by Anna Greta Eker, Norway, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful vintage brass bracelet! By Norwegian silversmith Anna Greta Eker. This brass bracelet has decorative copper details on the outside combined with colored "stones" of red and...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Copper

Denmark Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900 Stereo Receiver Modern Music 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern Danish Modern Bang & Olufsen Stereo Receiver BEOMASTER 1900. Dimensions: 2 .13H x 9.63 D x 24.13 W inches Denmark 1970s. Original Unrestored Preowned Vintage Co...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Danish Modern Solid Teak Carved Lion Toy / Lint Brush, Bojesen Era
Located in San Diego, CA
Danish modern solid teak carved lion toy / lint brush by Laurids Lonborg, circa 1950s. This incredibly fun lion lint brush was originally designed by Lonborg in Denmark and produced ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Teak

Giant-Sized King's Guardsman by Kay Bojesen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A very rare and monumental giant-sized model of the Royal Danish King's Guardsman hand crafted in wood having movable arms and legs and retaining its vivid original paint.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Articulated Toy Elephant by Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Articulated toy elephant by Kay Bojesen, circa 1990s. #1469 Kay Bojesen's elephant, born in 1953, is a world-famous Classic for children and adults alike. With its good natured ex...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

Turqouise Stone Vintage Pewter Pendant by Jørgen Jensen, Danmark 1950s
By Jorgen Jensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful turqious blue stone pewter necklace by Jørgen Jensen, Danmark 1950s. The pendant has six eggshaped stones with crackeled copper colored details inside the stones. Each ston...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Pewter

Danish Modernist Silver Plate Ashtray or Incense Burner by Carl Cohr, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Egg-shaped silver plated brass ashtray or incense burner. Titled The Smile, it was designed and manufactured by Carl Cohr in Fredericia Denmark. Stamped Cohr, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver Plate, Brass

Vintage Desk Model Airplane, Private Jet, Scandinavia, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A well-made mounted desk model of an aero plane/private jet. Professionally mounted on an oak stand. Unknown Scandinavian maker, circa 1970-1975. It’s made from lacquered acrylic, ti...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Acrylic, Oak

Lovely Pair of Porcelain Children Figurines by Gustavsberg 1920s Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of cute children figurines made of white parian porcelain by Gustavsberg, Sweden 1920 and 1921. One figurine shows a happy smiling child and the other a sad crying child. Makes ...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Scandinavian Amber Pendant And Sterling Silver Necklace
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Amber pendant in a sterling silver setting with a Italian 925 silver chain.
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Sterling Silver

Long Silver Necklace by Marianne Berg for Uni David-Andersen, Norway, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely silver necklace by designer Marianne Berg for Uni David-Andersen 1960s Norway. This is a two-section longer pendant with Viking inspired patterns on a long silver chain neckla...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Bog Wood Jewelry Box Primitive Cave Man Daeodon Hunt Sterling Inlay, Midcentury
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Paleolithic hunting scene on wooden segmented jewelry/cigarette box. Fully functional, hinges work smoothly.
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1950s Unknown Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bog Wood

1960s Scandinavian Modern Farmhouse Toys by Kay Bojesen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A brightly colored and whimsical miniature farm set by the Danish master of whimsey Kay Bojesen. The fifteen individual wooden pieces consist of a farmhouse of laminated beech with r...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Beech

MidCentury Silverbracelet with Rock Crystal Stone by Bengt Hallberg 1972, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sterling silver bracelet with a big brilliant cut rock crystal stone designed by Åke Lindström for Bengt Hallberg AB 1972, Sweden. Open entrace to easily put on an off your handwrist...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Rock Crystal, Silver

Lovely Enamelled Sterling Silver Bracelet by Ivar Holth 1950s, Norway
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegante and enamelled bracelet designed by Ivar T. Holth in the 1950s Oslo, Norway. Seven sections with black and white enamel and silver decorated frames. Perfect as both a party -...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Huge Wooden Toy Soldier by Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Huge Royal Guardsman Standard-Bearer designed by Kay Bojesen. Includes the original Danish flag. Incredibly rare at this scale, Denmark, 1950s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Blue Stone Vintage Silverpendant by Ove Nordström, Sweden 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful blue 'Bergslagen stone' necklace by Ove Nordström, Skinnskatteberg 1970s. Sweden The stone has various shades of blue color and are originally the "leftovers" or slag of t...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Sterling Silver

Vintage Round Blue Stone Silverpendant by Skreij J E Ab, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful blue round 'Bergslagen stone' necklace by Skreij JE Ab 1970s. Sweden. The stone has various shades of blue color and are originally the "leftovers" or slag of the iron pro...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone, Sterling Silver

Lovely Blue Stone Set of Vintage Silverring and Earrings Sweden, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful heaven blue vintage 'Bergslagen stone' ear rings and silver ring set from Sweden 1980s. The lovely pair of ear rings are made by Opifors AB. (sign: OPI) The decorative sil...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Necklace Sunburst by Tone Vigeland for Plus, Norway, 1960s
By Plus Norway, Tone Vigeland
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vintage sterling silver pendant designed by Norwegian designer Tone Vigeland for Plus Studios, Norway 1960s. The necklace has a shape as a sun and can easily be connected to the sil...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Scandinavian Modern Silver “Sagitta” Ring by Bjorn Weckstrom, Lapponia, Finland
Located in New York, NY
A Scandinavian Modern silver "Sagitta" ring with specially treated surface. Designed by Bjorn Weckstrom for Lapponia, Finland, circa 1970s. Measures: Diameter: 1". Hei...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Sterling Silver and Amethyst Bracelet by Bent Knudsen
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Interesting Scandinavian cuff from Danish jewelry designer Bent Knudsen in sterling with amethyst. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to interior: [Sterling Denmark Bent K © 1...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Amethyst, Sterling Silver

Danish Modern Hand Painted Police Officer Stackable Toy
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice 1950s wood painted Danish police officer stackable toy, a rare find great to display, simple and unique. The top comes off and you can remove each part.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

14k Gold Brooch by Westerback
Located in Brussels, BE
Gold brooch made by Nilo Westerback in 1970. Weight is 11.3g of 14k gold. Nilo Westerback is a jewelry store in Helsinki. This brooch was designed by someone but unfortunately the ...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold

Rare Itera Plastic Bicycle 1981 for Volvo
By Volvo
Located in Hudson, NY
In response to the 1974 oil crisis, a small group of Swedish engineers obtained government funding to develop a bicycle completely composed of fiber-reinforced composite plastics (FR...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Plastic

Hans Hansen Sterling Bracelet Bangle Danish Geometric, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A rare and well loved Minimalist Scandinavian 1970s modernist sterling silver hexagonal bangle. A seldom offered design, versatile, and comfortable with a strong flush clasp. Size (...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Sterling Silver

Scandinavian Design
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book discussing Scandinavian design. By Eileene Harrison Beer, published in 1975. First edition, 214 pages. "Design from the Scandinavian countries h...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Crystal Glass Ashtray with Iron Stand by Erik Höglund for Boda, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Crystal glass ashtray with iron stand featuring female breast expression. Designed by Erik Höglund. Manufactured by Boda in Sweden during the 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Crystal, Iron

Silver Scandinavian Modern Bracelet by Björn Weckström, Lapponia, 1971
Located in New York, NY
A Scandinavian Modern Finish silver bracelet in silver by Bjorn Weckstrom for Lapponia, 1971. Weckstrom's work is famous for his unique patination treatments and surface textures. Me...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Vintage Rectangular Agate Stone Necklace, Sweden, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wonderful naturstone silver necklace with lovely patina from the 1970s Sweden. Natural brown agate stone in faboulous earth colors surrounded by a solid silver frame. The locker ca...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Agate, Silver

Pair of Articulated Toys / Rabbit & Bear in Pale Oak by Kay Bojesen
Located in San Diego, CA
Great pair of articulated toys; both a rabbit and a bear by Kay Bojesen, circa 1990s. #2036 Kay Bojesen's toys are world-famous Classic for children and adults alike. Both pieces ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

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