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Scandinavian Modern Benches

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
Swedish Modern Rectangular Stool in Solid Pine by Carl Malmsten, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
An early work by Swedish Deisgner Carl Malmsten. A rare wooden brutalist stool with a great warm patina. Made in the early 50s. Signed underneath.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Solid Wooden Stool
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage solid wooden stool. Scandinavian Primitiv, Brutalist, Modern design.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Solid Wooden Stool
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage solid wood stool, Scandinavian Modern design.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood

P Jensen Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Bench or Stool with New Cushion
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Authentic midcentury designer bench or stool by P Jensen, Denmark, circa 1960. The sleek teak base is classic Danish modern. Newly upholstered attached plush seat cushion.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Teak

Pair of Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Y61 Stools in Birch and Leather Seat
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finnish icons! A pair of Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto stool Y61 in birch with original leather seat. Designed in 1947, Alvar Aalto's Y61 stool required a special technique to crea...
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1940s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Leather, Birch

White Painted Stool, Josef Frank Upholstery
Located in New York, NY
White painted stool with upholstery by Josef Frank, Svensk Tenn length 44, width 36, height 44 cm. Cording is loose but we can replace cording if requested.
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20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Iconic Aalto Table Bench Model 106
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Aalto design end, side table, bench in solid wood, with slatted top. This example is vintage 1970/1980's. It is in very good, original, clean and ready use use condition showi...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Birch

Pair of Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Y61 Stools in Birch and Leather Seat
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finnish icons! A pair of Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto stool Y61 in birch with original leather seat. Designed in 1947, Alvar Aalto's Y61 stool required a special technique to crea...
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1940s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Leather, Birch

Josef Frank Bench in Mahogany and Niger Leather, Sweden 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful bench by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, mahogany frame and Niger leather with nails. The model 2082 was designed ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Leather, Mahogany

Roland Bench, Solid Walnut, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Roland bench is built by hand in our Louisville, KY studio using premium solid hardwoods. Simple and sturdy, the bench highlights its unique double tenon joinery with the shaped ...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Walnut

Roland Bench, Ebonized Cherry, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Roland bench is built by hand in our Brooklyn studio using premium solid hardwoods. Simple and sturdy, the bench highlights its unique double tenon joinery with the shaped legs. ...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Hardwood

'Le Roi Bench' by Norr11 Smoked Oak and Rattan
Located in Paris, FR
LE ROI Bench by Kristian Sofus Hansen & Tommy Hyldahl Named after the French word for “King”, Le Roi Bench is made of solid oak with inlaid natural French rattan. Inspired by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Rattan, Oak

Contemporary pi Stool, Limed Oak Frame, Natural Danish Cord Seat
Located in Norwich, GB
Our iconic pi stool range draws its inspiration from the 20th century modernist idiom, Scandinavian Modern design, Danish furniture, and Japanese aesthetics. Also influenced by the m...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Papercord, Wood, Oak

Contemporary pi Stool Fumed Oak Frame, Oil Finished, Split Willow Skein Seat
Located in Norwich, GB
Our iconic pi stool range draws it's inspiration from the 20th century modernist idiom, Scandinavian Modern design, Danish furniture and Japanese aesthetics. Also influenced by the m...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood, Willow

'Le Roi Bench' by Norr11 Natural Oak and Rattan
Located in Paris, FR
LE ROI BENCH by Kristian Sofus Hansen & Tommy Hyldahl Named after the French word for “King”, Le Roi Bench is made of solid oak with inlaid natural French rattan. Inspired by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Rattan, Oak

Vintage Scandinavian Rectangular Stool
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage Scandinavian rectangular stool with woven seagrass seat Reinforced. Square taper legs with stretchers Size: 18” W x 12” D x 16” H Seat height: 16.5” H.   
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood, Jute

Pair of Benches by Børge Mogensen.
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Two benches in solid, lacquered pitch pine. Maker Karl Andersson & Sons.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Custom Made Oak and Velvet Bench
Located in London, GB
A custom-made upholstered bench with fumed and oiled oak frame. The padded top has been upholstered with in Pierre Frey mustard mohair velvet. *Alternative upholstery options als...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Mohair, Oak

Detalji Bench in Oak and Paper Yarn by Jenni Roininen & Ritva Puotila
Located in Fiskars, FI
Detalji (“detail” in Finnish) bench (designed 2021) is made following the traditional Nikari craftsmanship solutions, accompanied with delicate Woodnotes paper yarn fabric “Woodpecke...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Papercord, Oak

Pair of Josef Frank Benches, Mahogany and Niger Leather, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Josef Frank and Svenskt Tenn - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful pair of benches by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Model 2082, mahogany frame and Niger leather with nails. The model ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Leather, Mahogany

David Rosén, Rare Demountable Modernist Bench, Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare demountable bench designed by David Rosén. Produced and retailed by Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden, circa 1940s. In pine and fabric. David Rosén served as the head designer at...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine, Fabric

Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in Walnut Wood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Walnut

Scandinavian Designer Natural Wood Black Dining Bench
Located in Paris, FR
RO is a small word with great meaning shared by all Scandinavian languages. It means tranquility, peacefulness, quietness or rest. RO bench is an interpretation of these qualities so...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Birch

Konstruktio solid wood bench by Kari Virtanen
Located in Fiskars, FI
The streamlined solid wooden bench is meant for indoors. Its elegant lines fit in homes as well as public areas. When needed, the seat can be upholstered. Materials: Birch, ash or ...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Birch

Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen Bench / Sofa by Næstved Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bench / sofa designed by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen. Produced by Næstved Møbler in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Teak, Fabric, Wool

Bruksbo Bench, New Edition
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Scandinavian Bruksbo bench, new edition. Designed in 1960 by Torbjøn Afdal and originally produced by the Norwegian cabinetmaker Bruksbo, the bench is now released by Fjordfiesta. M...
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2010s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak, Walnut

Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in White Ashwood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Ash

Pair of Side Tables or Benches in Solid Rosewood by Alberts in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of side tables or benches in solid rosewood. Produced by Alberts in Tibro, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Rosewood

Canva Bench, Walnut with Handwoven Natural Danish Chord, Occasional Bench
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Featuring woven paper cord, walnut, and modest tapers the Canva bench explores a love for material and craftsmanship welded with warm welcome. Constructed with a mortice and Tenon fr...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Papercord, Wood, Walnut

Minimal 43" White Oak Bench by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak

Bench in Blackened Ash by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak

Scandinavian Minimalist Pine Bench with Trestle Legs, Scandinavia, ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
From the humble locker room style wooden bench to a chunky industrial bench or a very elegant gold or silver legged velvet upholstered bench, this humble piece of furniture has been ...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Papyri Bench, Occasional Woven Bench in Blackened Ash and Natural Danish Chord
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Featuring a mortice and tenon frame, custom doweling and a handwoven seat, the Papyri Bench is artisan-crafted from recyclable paper cord, and sustainably harvested Ash. The seat ...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Papercord, Oak

Minimal White Oak Bench by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak

Swedish Sportstuge School, Minimalist Sofa, Pine, White Fabric, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A modern and Minimalist sofa designed in the Swedish sportstuge style. Produced in massive and stacked planks of pine. Produced in the 1970s. The purity of the form highlights the be...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Fabric, Pine

Contemporary pi3 Stool, Limed Oak Frame, Natural Danish Cord Seat
Located in Norwich, GB
This longer bench works well at the end of a bed, in an entry corridor or as a pair on either side of a dining table. Our iconic pi stool range draws its inspiration from the 20th...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Papercord, Wood, Oak

Jacob Kielland-Brandt Bench in Stained Solid Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jacob Kielland-Brandt, bench, solid pine, Denmark, 1960s. This wooden bench is designed by Jacob Kielland-Brandt. This piece features tapered and tilted legs that go 'through' the s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Hans Wegner, Slated Bench, Solid Teak, Johannes Hansen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A bench designed by Hans Wegner, produced by cabinet maker Johannes Hansen. In solid teak. With makers metal plaque to underside of bench. Wegner worked contemporary to designers ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Brass

Bruksbo Bench, New Edition
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Scandinavian Bruksbo bench, new edition. Designed in 1960 by Torbjøn Afdal and originally produced by the Norwegian cabinetmaker Bruksbo, the bench is now released by Fjordfiesta. M...
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2010s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak, Walnut

72" White Oak Bench by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak

Carl Malmsten Visingsö Bench, AB Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1953
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cal Malmsten Visingsö bench, AB Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden, 1953 Pine Measures: H: 17.33 D: 13.25 W: 35.5 in.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Korben Bench, Solid Hardwood, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Korben bench is built by hand in our Brooklyn studio using premium hardwoods. Simple and sturdy, the bench highlights its through joinery and a minimal Silhouette. Sized for a st...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Hardwood, Maple

Bench in mahogany by Grete Jalk
Located in Copenhagen, DK
111A - Bench in solid mahogany, designed in 1959. Maker P. Jeppesen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Mahogany

1950s Pirkka Bench by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu
Located in Norwich, GB
A small bench designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu. Finnish. Circa 1950s. Maker's stamp. The bench is very sturdy, with no damage, it has the original finish to the black...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Frama Contemporary Scandinavian Adam Bench Oak with Matt Black Steel Frame L1200
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Adam bench is inspired by industrial design, an artist's studio, and a workshop. The functionality and simplicity of the design, combined with strong materials, give this bench a str...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Steel

Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in Black Charcoal Ashwood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Ash

Coffee Table Bench in solid Ash, South Scandinavian Design by Eric Gizard, Paris
Located in Landivy, FR
This coffee table (also bench) is designed by Eric Gizard - Paris. It is 100% made in France with exclusive solid ash wood from sustainable managed French forests. It can also ...
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2010s French Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Pair of Scandinavian Tripod Stools, 1950's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Scandinavian (possibly French) 'Seat' tripod stools, 1950's Oak, fine construction details Measures: H: 16 D seat: 10 W seat: 13, legs at base are apart 15.5-18 in.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Oak

Carl Malmsten Bench Visingsö by Svensk Fur in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Bench model Visingsö designed by Carl Malmsten. Produced by Svensk Fur in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Contemporary pi2 Stool, Ebonised Oak Frame, Split Willow Skein Seat
Located in Norwich, GB
A variation of our original pi stool, the pi2 stool has all the same trademark features but with elongated proportions. The longer seat is ideal for the end of a bed, as a side/coffe...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood, Oak, Willow

Roland Wilhelmsson "Bamse" Bench Coffee Table in Pine Produced in Sweden, 1970s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare bench in solid pine by Roland Wilhelmsson model "Bamse", signed and dated March 1970s. Great as a coffee table or behind the bed. In good vintage and original condition. Dim...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Børge Mogensen, Rare Bench / Coffee-Table, Model 5273, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
A rare bench or coffee-table in oak and cane, designed by Børge Mogensen in the 1950s and executed by Frederica Stolefabrik. Excellent vintage condition, absolutely no damages to th...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Cane, Oak

Stool, Bench Anonymous, Sweden, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stool/bench anonymous, Sweden, 1980s. Pearwood.
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pearwood

Hans Wegner Slatted Bench in Teak for Johannes Hansen, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Hans Wegner, slatted bench in teak made by master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen, 1960s. Model JH-574. Stamped from maker.
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Teak

Mid Century Swedish Pine Bench, Made by Carl Malmsten for Karl Andersson & Söner
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Swedish pine bench with great patina, made by Carl Malmsten for Karl Andersson & Söner, 1960s. Nice details that are also present in the designs of Roland Wilhelmsson...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

Laurel Settee, Modern Walnut Windsor Style Bench
Located in Chattanooga, TN
A clean modernization of a Classic Windsor bench, this settee features sculpted legs and slats instead of dowels and spindles. Constructed from sustainable walnut, the settee is arti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Walnut, Wood

Laurel Settee, Modern Windsor Style Bench in Blackened Ash
Located in Chattanooga, TN
A clean modernization of a Classic Windsor bench, this settee features sculpted legs and slats instead of dowels and spindles. Constructed from sustainable Ash, the settee is artisan...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Wood, Ash

Mid century Danish brutalist solid pine stool with leather upholstery, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Danish / Scandinavian solid pine stool with black leather upholstery, 1960s. Nice warm patina in this brutalist stool.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Benches

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Pine

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