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Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with vintage Scandinavian modern furniture was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

ORIGINS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN 

CHARACTERISTICS OF SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries
  • Use of natural materials — native woods such as pine, ash and beech
  • Open, airy spaces
  • Promotion of functionality
  • Emphasis on craftsmanship; rooted in cabinetry profession and traditional construction techniques
  • Minimal ornamentation (little to no embellishment)
  • A neutral or light color palette owing to prominence of light woods

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE SCANDINAVIAN MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of Scandinavian design appear in the furnishings and decor created by 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 Greta Magnusson Grossman and Bruno Mathsson — creators of the classic Grasshopper lighting series and Berlin daybed, respectively — but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the 1920s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced pieces in the Scandinavian style 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, created in collaboration with his first wife, Aino. 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.

Today, decades after their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight, and interior designers all over the world use their pieces to bring warmth to any given space.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern chairs, sofas, rugs and tables — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. 

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
"Roomie" a Room Divider by eliaselias in Vintage Fabric, Danish Design, 2023
Located in Odense, DK
Introducing the "Roomie", a large room divider hand crafted by the visionary eliaselias team in 2023. This innovative piece seamlessly blends functionality and aesthetics, redefining...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

Danish Modern Sculptural Folding Screen / Room Divider in Pine, Made in 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Unique and rare folding screen / roomdivider in solid pine. Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker in 1960s. A truly sculptural and artful piece, that with will complementary many interior st...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Alvar Aalto, Wooden Room Divider, Late 1960s, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
The 100 slatted wall / room divider by Alvar Aalto is a dynamic interior element assembled from narrow vertical pine slats and can be rolle...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Screen 100 In Pinewood By Alvar Aalto & Artek Designed in Finland 1936
Located in High Wycombe, GB
The Artek 100 Screen was designed by Alvar Aalto with a natural aesthetic for various interiors requiring privacy and separation within a room. Its lightweight design can be utilised...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Mats Theselius folding screen / room divider produced by Källemo, 1990s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare folding screen / room divider ‘Rörligt objekt’ by Mats Theselius, early 1990s. Aluminum with dot decoration in relief. Folds into four parts: 4 x 48 cm, height 188 cm.
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Steel, Aluminum

Mats Theselius Limited Edition 'Rörligt Objekt' Folding Screen in Copper
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mats Theselius for Källemo AB, limited edition 'Rörligt Objekt' folding screen or room divider, no. 30/100, patinated copper, wood, Sweden, after 1989 Designed by Mats Theselius for...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Copper

Scandinavian Modern Room Divider in Beech and Rattan
Located in Valby, 84
Rare Scandinavian Modern Room Divider in Beech and Rattan made in Scandinavia in the 1960s. This room divider has a frame made of dark stained beechwood and with panels made of ra...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Rattan, Beech

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna Cast Iron the Thunder God Tor
Located in Stockholm, SE
Midcentury Swedish fire screen by Olle Hermansson for Husqvarna made in cast iron. It can both be placed either as a fire screen or a sculpture. The fire ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Iron

Set of Scandinavian Modern Screens or Room Dividers in Stained Beechwood, 1940s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare set of 5-sided vintage room dividers in stained beechwood handmade in the 1940s by a Scandinavian cabinetmaker. Beautiful five-panel screen, room divider, framing with intricately carved geometric design medallions in wood and negative space. This design is occasionally seen on the International design market, but still haven't been attributed to any specific designer. The style is similar to that of Hans J. Wegner, William Waiting...
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Beech

Alvar Aalto Room / Screen Divider, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Excellent vintage condition with signs of usage and patina. Pinewood. Produced by Artek, Finland, late 1960s. Measures: Height 150 cm W 200 cm.
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1930s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Laws of Motion Room Divider in Burn Wood, Space Divider Screen by Joel Escalona
Located in Estado de Mexico CP, Estado de Mexico
Laws of Motion Room Divider in Burn Wood, Space Divider Screen by Joel Escalona Laws of Motion is a furniture collection that through a series of different typologies explores conce...
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2010s Mexican Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Hardwood, Wood, Oak

FRAMA Contemporary Scandinavian Design Frame Room Divider One Panel
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The Frame Room Divider is designed to be a discrete and subtle way of separating any room. Whether you require some privacy, a place for guests to relax, or want to add a spatial ele...
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2010s Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Canvas, Oak

Room divider / Screen, rattan, Scandinavian Modern, Swedish mid-1900s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A beautiful rare room divider in rattan, in the style of Larsson Korgmakare (maker of Josef Frank/Firma Svenskt Tenn rattan furniture). Decorative and practical, suits most rooms. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Rattan

Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Alvar Aalto Room Divider Model 100 Produced by Artek in Finland
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Room divider model 100 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Artek in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Room Divider Produced in Sweden
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Room divider on wheels. Produced in Sweden. Dimensions (W x D x H): 85 ( 255 ) x 45 x 148 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Steel

Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Folding Screens / Room Dividers Produced by Alberts in Tibro, Sweden
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Very rare pair of folding screens / room dividers. Produced by Alberts in Tibro, Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Suede, Pine

Alberts Tibro, Room Divider in Pine & Leather, Swedish Mid Century Modern, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Introducing a Swedish Modern folding screen / roomdivider in pine and leather. Made by Alberts Tibro, Sweden, in the 1960s. A truly sculptural and artful piece, that will complement ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Leather, Pine

Pinewood Room Divider Model 100 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1940s
Located in Praha 2, Hlavní město Praha
Rare pinewood room divider model 100 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in Finland, 1940s. This rare room divider, designed by renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto and...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

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Bertil Vallien Fire Guard / Screen Produced by Boda in Sweden
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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Pinewood Room Divider Model 100 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1940s
Located in Praha 2, Hlavní město Praha
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Scandinavian Modern screens and room dividers for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Scandinavian Modern screens and room dividers for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage screens and room dividers created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include more furniture and collectibles, decorative objects, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, pine and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Scandinavian Modern screens and room dividers made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original screens and room dividers, popular names associated with this style include Alvar Aalto, Alberts Tibro, Artek, and Mats Theselius. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for screens and room dividers differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $874 and tops out at $33,565 while the average work can sell for $3,800.

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