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Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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 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.

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 Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in sheepskin. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Pair available up on request.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Hans Wegner Oak Rocking Chair
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Professional, skilled furniture restoration is an integral part of what we do every day. Our goal is to provide beautiful, functional furniture that honors its illustrious past. Our ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wool, Oak

Rocking Chair by Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Rocking chair by Henning Kjærnulf new upholstered with white Boucle Refreshing design with bold Baroque coming together nicely with mid-century modernism. Model: Razorblade ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Karl Yngve Håkansson Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in honey colored sheepskin. Produced in Sweden by Väsby Möbel, 1950s. This model is represented at Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Scandinavian Modern Black Beech Vintage Rocking Chair, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern rocking chair designed and made circa 1960s from black lacquered beech. Very good condition Measures: Width: 60 cm Depth: 88 cm Height: 113 cm Seat height: 41 cm.
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech

Ole Wanscher FD-160 Rosewood Rocking Chair, circa 1960
Located in London, GB
Ole Wanscher- Model FD-160 rocking chair This rarely seen high-back rocking chair by master-designer Ole Wanscher was produced by France & Daverkosen in Denmark in the early 1960s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wool, Rosewood

Vernor Panton Relaxer Rocking Chair in New Green Wool and Wood for Rosenthal
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Sculptural and iconic rocking lounge chair designed by Vernor Panton for Rosenthal Einrichtung Germany. Organically shaped and well proportioned in relation to stability. Solid beech...
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1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Nanna Ditzel Natural Rattan Nanny Indoor Rocking Chair by Sika Design
Located in Shakopee, MN
Nanna Ditzel briefly studied under the leading Danish furniture designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts furniture school, and that experience informed the Nanny...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rattan

Danish Cord and Beech Rocking Chair, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
A beech rocking chair, suspended in seat and back with woven paper cord. Twisted paper cord woven across an open wood frame has been used to form the seats of Danish chairs since the...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Cord, Beech

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in nature colored sheepskin. Produced in Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Vintage Teak Frank Reenskaug Spindle Back Rocking Chair Model 182. Denmark, 1958
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Whimsical and comfortable Frank Reenskaug spindle back rocking chair in gorgeous old growth teak with vinyl cushion. Striking geometry and bold trompe l'oeil joinery really set this ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Danish Cord and Beech Rocking Chair, Denmark 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
A beech rocking chair, suspended in seat and back with woven paper cord. Twisted paper cord woven across an open wood frame has been used to form the seats of Danish chairs since the...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Cord, Papercord, Wood, Beech

Axel Einar Hjorth, Rare Rocking Chair Model Lovö ca 1939 for Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare rocking chair designed by Axel Einar Hjorth in the 30's and produced by Nordiska Kompaniet during around 1939. The chair is made in solid pine from Sweden. Its structure is inta...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in nature colored sheepskin. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Completely restored.    
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Holger Georg Jensen for Tønder Møbelværk Model 97 Upholstered Teak Rocker, 1958
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fantastic Danish modern Model 97 teak rocking chair designed in 1958 by Holger Georg Jensen for Tønder Møbelværk, freshly dressed in vintage red upholstery. Piece pre-dates Jensen’...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Brass

Danish Modern Sculptural Par of Rocking Chairs in Solid Oak, Brutalism, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
A fine pair of mid century rocking chairs in solid oak. Made by a Danish cabinetmaker in 1950s. Beautiful curves and a strong impression in this vintage pair. This decorative pa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Scandinavian Rosewood and Leather Rocker Westnofa
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous bentwood rocker in rosewood and black leather by Ingmar Relling for Westnofa. Very comfy and in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Göran Malmvall Pine Rocking Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
Pine rocking chair designed by Göran Malmvall in the Svensk Fur Range for Karl Andersson & Söner. Modernist design in traditional Swedish workmanship, similar to the designs of Axe...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Danish Modern Rocking Chair in Solid Oak, Reupholstered, Henning Kjærnulf, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Sculptural rocking chair in solid oak, reupholstered cushions and neck pillow in wool. Made by a Danish cabinetmaker in 1950s. Made in the style of Henning Kjærnulf. A fine brutal...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wool, Oak

Danish Modern Teak Rocking Chair by Frank Reenskaug for Bramin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish modern, teak rocking chair by Frank Reenskaug for Bramin features a newly upholstered seat and back in gray brushed cotton.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Classic Mid-Century Danish Teak Rocking Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage rocking chair with midcentury styling from Denmark, circa 1960. Very comfortable with solid teak construction, this Classic Danish design fits easily into any residential env...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak

Rocking Chair ML-33 by Hans J. Wegner with Floral Carvings for Mikael Laursen
Located in Halle, DE
Early rocking chair designed by Hans J. Wegner. Model "ML-33" manufactured by Mikael Laursen, Denmark. Designed in the 1940s. Executed in oakwood. The rocking chair is an early examp...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Oak

Sculptural Unique Stump Chair by Finnish Matti Martikka in Solid Pine, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
A sculptural hand carved one of collectible item by Finnish Matti Martikka. A chair made in solid pine from fallen tree trunks. This stump chair is acquired from a museum at his home...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Nanna Ditzel Black Rattan Nanny Indoor Rocking Chair by Sika Design
Located in Shakopee, MN
Nanna Ditzel briefly studied under the leading Danish furniture designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts furniture school, and that experience informed the Nanny...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rattan

Göran Malmvall, Rocking Chair in Pine, Sweden 1940s
Located in Berlin, DE
A rocking chair in solid Nordic pine, designed by Göran Malmvall in the 1940s and executed by Carl Andersson & Söner in Sweden. Excellent vintage condition with beautiful patina.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

M Nissen for Pastoe Mid-Century Teak Spade Dark Green Rocking Chair, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Wooden rocking chair / armchair designed by M. Nissen and sold in the Netherlands by the Dutch manufacturer Pastoe in the 1960s. Featuring a solid wooden frame, the chair has curve...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak

Yngve Ekström 'Circle' Rocking Chair, Sweden, circa 1960
By Yngve Ekström, Møbel AB Sweden
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Rare ‘Circle’ rocking chair by Yngve Ekström – Sweden, 1960s. Designer: Yngve Ekström Manufacturer: Stol AB Sweden. Country: Sweden Model: Circle rocking chair Design ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

1960s Danish Upholstered Rocking Chair by Sigvard Bernadotte for France & Son
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Solid teak, upholstered rocking chair in vintage velvet fabric.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Ingmar Relling Rocking Chair by Westnofa
Located in Highland, IN
A design as comfortable as it is visually striking, this rocker by Ingmar Relling for Westnofa employs a bent wood frame to support an ergonomically designed seat. Newly upholstered ...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Sculptural Unique Rocking Chair by Finnish Matti Martikka in Solid Pine, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
A stunning one of collectible item by Finnish Matti Martikka. A rocking chair made in solid pine from fallen tree trunks. This stump chair is acquired from a museum at his home town ...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Axel Einar Hjort Style Swedish Hand-Made Pine Rocking Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish hand-made pine rocking chair in the style of Axel Einar Hjorts furniture. The rocking chair is in good vintage condition consistent with the age and has minor traces of use. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Hans Wegner Rocking Chair ML-33 for Mikael Laursen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Hans Wegner design oak and black leather rocking chair. This is Hans Wegner's first rocking chair design, collaborating with Mikael Laursen in the mid-1940s. Very comfy in original...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in nature colored sheepskin. Produced in Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Rocking Chair in Pine by Göran Malmvall for Svensk Fur, Swedish Modern, 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare and important rocking chair designed by Göran Malmvall in the 1930s for Svensk Fur and made at Karl Andersson & Söner, Sweden. The chair is in good condition and the original cu...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Unusual Vintage 1960s Walnut Settee Rocker
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is quite the unusual rocker, it's a settee size rocker. No maker markings could be found on it. It has the feel of Scandinavia, and some of North America. There's enoug...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Rocking Chair Model J16 by Hans Wegner for FDB
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern scandinavian rocking chair model J16 by Hans Wegner for FDB Designed in 1944, Wegner 's rocker with the sensually curved arms was inspired by traditional Windso...
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech

Henning Kjærnulf, Rocking Chair in Oak, Seat Reupholstered in Lambswool, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Beautiful rocking chair in solid oak, seat reupholstered in lambswool. Designed by Henning Kjaernulf for EG Kvalitetsmøbel, Denmark 1960s. This fine chair will complement many int...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Lambskin, Oak

Arne Vodder Rocking Chair for Sibast, 1960s, Denmark
Located in The Hague, NL
Scandinavian Modern period rocking chair designed by Arne Vodder for Danish furniture manufacture Sibast in 1960s period. The chair is composed from solid rosewood with curved spi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wool, Rosewood

Rare 1940s Rocking Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Glendale, CA
Rare 1940s Rocking chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara. This extremely rare and beautiful chair was fabricated in European birch by Keravan Puuteollisuus Oy, Finland, circa the late 1940s. Th...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Birch, Plywood

Vintage Rocking Chair by Lena Larsson for Nesto, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Ranst, VAN
Vintage rocking chairs designed by Lena Larsson for Nesto, Sweden 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Czechoslovak Rocking Chair, 1960s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This upholstered bentwood rocking chair was made in Czechoslovakia in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. The frame is probably made of stained beech wood and bears slight signs ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wood, Beech, Bentwood

Vintage Swedish Wooden Black Rocking Chair Grandessa by Lena Larsson for Nesto
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Grandessa rocking chair was designed by Lena Larsson for the Swedish Nesto manufacture during the 1960s. The armchair is made of beech wood. It has been finished with black varn...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Black Teak Rocking Chair Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern vintage rocking chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Asko 1950s, Finland. A wonderful rocking chair from black lacquered beech and natural brown teak with comfortable ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Teak

Axel Einar Hjorth "Lovö" Rocking Chair in Solid Pine Produced in Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare rocking chair model "Lovö" in solid stained pine designed by Axel Einar Hjorth and produced by Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm during the 1930s. In good vintage and original con...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Pine

Hans Wegner Keyhole Rocking Chair with Original Brown Leather
Located in Maastricht, NL
A model 'GE-673' or 'Keyhole' rocking chair, designed by Hans Wegner for Getama, Denmark in 1967. The chair has an oak frame with wonderful warm patina and the original brown leather...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chair / Rocking Chair
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner lounge chair / rocking chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Frame of oiled oak Model Nøglehullet, made by GETAMA.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Scandinavian Modern 1950’s Hans Wegner Rocking Chair J16 in Beech & Danish Cord
Located in London, GB
A Shaker inspired rocking chair with a spindled back and curved armrests in beech and papercord seat designed by Hans Wegner in 1944 for FDB Mobler. Danish, produced circa 1950. Fea...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Papercord, Rush

Rocking Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Asko, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Black lacquered beech structure seating in blond wood, designed in the late 1950s by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Asko, Finland. Traces of use on the armrests and on the footrest.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Rare 1940s Rocking Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Glendale, CA
Rare 1940s rocking chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara. This extremely rare and beautiful chair was fabricated in European birch by Keravan Puuteollisuus Oy, Finland, circa the late 1940s. Th...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Birch, Plywood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Rocking Chair by Frank Reenskaug for Bramin
Located in San Marcos, CA
Beautiful Danish modern teak rocking chair designed by Frank Reenskaug and manufactured by Bramin Mobelfabrik in Denmark in the 1960's. This comfortable rocking chair features a s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak

Pair of Swedish Rocking Chairs in Sheepskin, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in honey colored sheepskin, frame also restored. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Excellent condition.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Pair of Swedish Rocking Chairs in Sheepskin, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Reupholstered in sheepskin. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Excellent condition. Please note: Also sold separately.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Oak Rocking Chair Model ML33 by Hans J.Wegner for Mikael Laursen
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This particular rocker is in fabulous original condition, the Oak has a lovely colour, and even the red velvet upholstery appears to be original. Pobably produced in the early 1950s,...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Velvet, Oak

Swedish Rocking Chair in Sheepskin, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare model. Reupholstered in honey colored sheepskin, black lacquered elm wood. Produced in Sweden, 1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin

Pair of ML-33 Rocking Chairs by Hans Wegner, 1940s
Located in Hamburg, PA
A classic pair of Hans Wegner ML-33 rocking chairs in teak. Made for Michael Laursen circa 1940s. The chairs have a stylized wooden frame featuring verticle slats. The upholstery is ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak

Hans J. Wegner Model J16 Rocking Chair, 1961
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful model J16 rocking chair by Hans Wegner for FDB Møbler, designed in 1944, in light-gray painted beech with woven paper cord seat. This example was produced in 1961, features...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Papercord, Beech

Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chair / Rocking Chair
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner lounge chair / rocking chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Frame of soap treated beech. Model Nøglehullet, made by GETAMA.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Stokke Rocking Chair
Located in Cathedral City, CA
A delightful and comfortable Stokke rocking chair. Uniquely designed with raised foot pads.
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Maple, Leather

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