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Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

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
Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna, Cast Iron
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.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Iron

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 Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Vintage Lighted World Globe on Stand Illuminated Mid-Century Modern
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare to see a Mid-Century Modern globe both illuminated and with that iconic Danish modern look which is so coveted. Everything works as it should. Just gorgeous.
Category

1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Resin, Teak, Walnut

Poul Kjærholm PK 111 Screen or Room Divider by PP Møbler Danish
Located in Amsterdam, NL
PK 111 is a laminated wood element that is assembled to produce freestanding partitions. Each element is constructed of two bent pieces of three-ply laminated Oregon pine joined with...
Category

1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Plywood

Shelving System #42 by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Sweden, 1951
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered steel, birch and pine. Measures: H 260 cm/ 8' 3 3/8" W 175 cm/ 5' 9 3/8" Small shelf with the pole: D 26 cm/ 10 1/2" Big shelf with the pole: D 30.5 cm/ 12" ...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Kurt Østervig Teak Free Standing Bookshelf or Room Divider, 1960's Denmark
Located in The Hague, NL
Scandinavian modern period free standing bookshelf or room divider designed by Kurt Østervig for K.P. Møbler makers in 1960's Denmark. High quality danish furniture shelving unit ma...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto Room Divider Model 100 Produced by Artek in Finland
Located in Malmo, SE
Room divider model 100 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Artek in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Pine

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.
Category

1930s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Shelving System Designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered steel, birch and pine. Note: Only half of the system is pictures, i.e. only 200 cm. Measures: Total length 400 cm/ 13' 1 1/2" H 245 cm/ 8' 2 1/4".
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel

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...
Category

2010s Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Canvas, Oak

Midcentury Fire Screen Olle Hermansson, Husqvarna Cast Iron The Thunder God Tor
By Olle Hermansson
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 screen is 48 cm high and 50 ...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Iron

Albert Jansson Folding Screen Room Divider, Sweden, 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and large folding screen designed by Albert Jansson, Sweden, 1950. This nice and decorative screen was made of beech woven strips and the frame is made of solid bees slats. The ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Beech

Pine Folding Screen, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Swedish folding screen or room divider by Alberts, Tibro. The three-part screen is made of a pine frame with thin, woven pine strips. The three panels are connected with leather st...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Leather, Pine

Room Divider Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Room divider on wheels. Produced in Sweden. Dimensions (W x D x H): 85 ( 255 ) x 45 x 148 cm.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Sculptural Four-Panel Folding Teak Screen Room Divider
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a beautiful and rare teak four-panel folding screen from Denmark, circa 1950. Made from hand formed solid teak frames with radiating bookmarked veneer inserts and carved rel...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Teak

Midcentury Waste Bin in Solid Teak, Made in Denmark
Located in Lejre, DK
Waste bin in solid teak. Designed and made in Denmark, great condition.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Teak

Midcentury Screen Room Divider in Patinated Pine by Alvar Aalto, Findland
Located in Lejre, DK
Room divider in solid pine designed by Alvar Aalto and made for Artek. Great original condition, 1970s.
Category

1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Vintage Scandinavian Alphabetical Office Bookends, 1970s, Complete Set
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Custom made vintage alphabetical office bookends. A complete set from A-Z plus the Danish letters: æ, ø, å. 3o or 31 in total. They are made from stainless steel and has letters ion ...
Category

1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Stainless Steel

Folding Screens / Room Dividers Produced by Alberts in Tibro, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare pair of folding screens / room dividers. Produced by Alberts in Tibro, Sweden.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Suede, Pine

Scandinavian Ice Sculpture Elephant Bookends Midcentury Swedish Art Glass
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Playful sculptures/bookends. Heavy glass crystal at 8 lbs. Ea. Both pieces are signed and retain original decals.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Art Glass

Danish Design, 21 Stylish Bookstands in Teak and Stainless Steel, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish design: 21 stylish bookstands in teak and stainless steel, 1960s Very good condition with fine patina. Measures: 11.5 cm. x 8 cm.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Midcentury Screen Room Divider in Bamboo, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Room divider in bamboo and original fabric, designed and made in Sweden. Great original condition, 1950s.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Fabric, Bamboo

Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Teak owl bookends by Skjode Skjern of Denmark.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Teak

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Gray Round, Cylindric Vase "Sarek", Olle Alberius, Rörstrand, 1970s, Ceramic
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Vicke Lindstrand, Upsala Ekeby, Ceramic Sculpture, Two Zebras, 1950s
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Bunch of Grapes, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
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Kjell Blomberg, Upsala Ekeby, Vase "Conga" Porcelain, 1950s
By Upsala Ekeby, Kjell Blomberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
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Egg in Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
By Hans Hedberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Egg designed by the Swedish ceramicist Hans Hedberg, who lived and worked in Biot, France. This egg is 20,5 cm (8,2") high including the stand. It´s in mint condition. Hedberg wor...
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Egg in Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
By Hans Hedberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Egg designed by the Swedish ceramicist Hans Hedberg, who lived and worked in Biot, France. This egg is 25 cm (10") high including the stand. It´s in mint condition. Hedberg worked...
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Ceramic Figurine Fish, Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand, 1950-1960s Lovely Glaze
By Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand
Located in Stockholm, SE
A lovely animal sculpture of a head of a fish designed by Gunnar Nylund at Rörstrand, it is 14 cm high and in very good condition with a lovely glaze. It is marked as 1st quality.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

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Stoneware

Egg in a Lovely Speckled Glaze, Ceramics by Hans Hedberg, Biot, France
By Hans Hedberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
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Johnny Mattsson, Sculpture / Bowl Bird Teak, Sweden
By Johnny Mattsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture / bowl in shape of a bird designed by Johnny Mattsson. Produced by Johnny Mattsson in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

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Teak

Previously Available Items
Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Teak owl bookends by Skjode Skjern of Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Teak

  • Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
  • Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
  • Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
  • Skjode Skjern Danish Teak Owl Bookends
H 6.5 in. W 3.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Folding Screen, Designed by Mats Theselius for Källemo, Sweden, 1989
Located in Stockholm, SE
Copper clad wood. Number 36/100. Measures: H 188 cm/ 6' 2” Total length 182 cm/ 6' 3 1/2".
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Copper

Swedish Teak Wastebasket
Located in New York, NY
Wastebasket of molded and staved teak plywood with a Viking modern flair. Made by Rainbow wood products in Sweden, circa 1960s. The height includes the handle.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Teak

  • Swedish Teak Wastebasket
  • Swedish Teak Wastebasket
  • Swedish Teak Wastebasket
  • Swedish Teak Wastebasket
H 10.75 in. W 9.5 in. D 10.25 in.
Waste Bin by Finn Juhl and Grete Kornerup Bang
By Finn Juhl, Torben Orskov, Grete Kornerup Bang
Located in Hudson, NY
Black metal trash can, with rattan handles, designed in collaboration with Finn Juhl and Grete Bang, made by Torben Orskov.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

A Mid-Century Chrome & Lucite Rotating Globe
Located in Bellport, NY
A wonderful Mid-Century Danish chrome and Lucite globe on stand.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Chrome

Teak Wastebasket in the Style of Martin Aberg
Located in San Diego, CA
Simple and elegant teak wastebasket in the style of Martin Aberg, circa 1980s. The wastebasket is in excellent condition no chips or cracks and measures 9.25" D x 12" H. Great piece ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

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Teak

Pair of Solid Glass Bookends with Lightbulb Design
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool great design pair of solid glass bookend circa 1990s great condition no chips or cracks can be used as ashtray, also Made in Sweden.
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Glass

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 Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Four-Panel Danish Solid Walnut Room Divider
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful walnut four-panel screen, room divider, framing with intricately carved geometric design medallions in wood and negative space. 1 medallion is missing!
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Walnut

B &O Bang & Olufsen Cabinet, Room Divider, Denmark, 1972/ Beomaster 3000-2
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Bang and Olufsen stereo cabinet. Speakers and an amplifier with cassette player and radio. The cabinet sits on a metal stand and has several shelves that pull out for easy ac...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

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Aluminum

Folding Screen / Room Divider Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare folding screen / room divider. Produced in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

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  • Folding Screen / Room Divider Produced in Sweden
  • Folding Screen / Room Divider Produced in Sweden
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Vintage Teak Scandinavian Gonk Troll Tomte Gnome Bookends Style of Hans Bolling
Located in Topeka, KS
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