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Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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
Märta Blomstedt Sofa, Finland, 1940s
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare sofa was designed by Märta Blomstedt and produced in Finland in the 1940s. The sofa has been fully reconditioned and newly upholstered in a white bouclé fabric. One of the...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Birch, Bouclé

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Leather Sofa by C.E. Johansson for Bejra Möbel
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Böja three-seater sofa was designed by Carl-Erik Johansson for the Swedish manufacture Bejra Möbel during the 1960s. The organically shaped frame with contoured armrests is made...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Danish Upholstered Two-Seater Sofa with Beech Legs, Denmark ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This Danish-made freestanding sofa is characterized by the best qualities of Danish mid-century design; from the restrained aesthetic to the elegant pairing of materials, this two-se...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Linen, Wood

Viggo Boesen Style Curved Sofa Model No. 96 in Velvet by N.a. Jørgensen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unique and just superb curved or banana shaped loveseat or settee with open armrests designed and made as Model 96 by N.A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik in 1954/55. N.A. Jørgensen is better...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Viggo Boesen Style Lounge Chair Model No. 96 in Lambswool by N.a. Jørgensen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unique and just superb lounge chair with open armrests designed and made as Model 96 by N.A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik in 1954/55. N.A. Jørgensen is better known under the name Bramin M...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Beech

Midcentury Sofa in Patinated Leather by Finn Juhl, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Great looking model 218 sofa in teak and original patinated leather by Maa. Finn Juhl, made by France & France, Denmark in the 1960s. Original condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Leather

Three Seater Sofa Upholstered with Patinated Brown Leather by Arne Norell, 1970s
Located in Lejre, DK
Three seater sofa upholstered with patinated brown leather and frame in metal, designed by Arne Norell from the 1970s. The sofa is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Danish Modern TV Bench Sofa Model 161 by Hans Olsen Bramin, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Munster, DE
Modular teak TV bench model 161 by Hans Olsen for Bramin, Denmark. The set consists of a bench, two seating modules and a table. We have two full sets in stock that can be used as a ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Teak

Reupholstered Danish Sofa with Sculptural Frame and White Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
In the manner of Viggo Boesen, sofa, fabric Gabriel 'Savak', stained beech, Denmark, 1940s This charming sofa is designed in the manner of Danish designer Viggo Boesen (1907-1985),...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Beech

Impressive Model 6720 Sofa by Kastholm & Fabricius for Kill International, 1960s
Located in Echt, NL
Rare 3-seat 6720 sofa in very good condition. Designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm in the1960s. Manufactured by Kill International. The sofa has a chromed metal b...
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20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Jacob Kjaer Sofa in Patinated Reddish Brown Leather and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Jacob Kjaer, Sofa, leather, mahogany, Denmark, 1940s This eloquent sofa is attributed to the Danish cabinetmaker Jacob Kjaer. The design truly intensifies the experi...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Ole Wanscher Sofa in Red Velvet
Located in Dronten, NL
Sofa designed by Ole Wanscher for Fritz Hansen in the original red velvet. The velvet has two small repairable pinholes in the seat, but is otherwise in great vintage condition. Th...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Mogens Hansen Two-Seat Sofa in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mogens Hansen, Two-seat sofa model ‘MH2225’, leather, wood, Denmark, 1971 This eloquent sofa is produced by the Danish furniture manufacturer Mogens Hansen in 1971. This sofa is c...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Scandinavian Design Seating Set
Located in Praha, CZ
- Armchair and sofa - Well preserved - Original upholstery - Table not included - 1970s - Dimensions of armchair: W 65, H 78, D 80, SH 39 cm.
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1970s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Danish 'Banana' Sofa in Pink by Slagelse Møbelvaerk
Located in Hudson, NY
Pretty in pink. Danish modern curved sofa known as a 'banana' sofa, with channeled back and beechwood legs, from the 1950s, newly recovered. Slagelse Møbelvaerk Furniture.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Beech

Hans Wegner GE-240 GETAMA Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Hans Wegner for GETAMA GE-240 3 seat sofa. Oak body with teak arms. Redone about 13 years ago but retaining it's original inner coil springs. I have 2 of these sofas available. One h...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Oak, Teak

Mid Century Swedish Three Seater Sofa by Carl Malmsten, Model "Visingsö", 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Stunning three seater sofa by Carl Malmsten for O.H Sjögren. 1960s. Model Visingsö in solid oak and reupholstered in thick 100% wool. Removable cushions, so that you can adjust the l...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Oak

Carl Malmsten Sofa Model Berlin Produced by Carl Malmsten in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and large version of the sofa model Berlin designed by Carl Malmsten. Produced by Carl Malmsten in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Linen, Mahogany

Johannes Spalt for Wittmann Daybed
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Johannes Spalt for Wittmann, beige fabric, teak, Austria, 1960s. This Austrian daybed is named 'Constanze'. This early model, with teak frame and beige upholstery is wonderfully ...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Borge Mogensen Kupe Sofa Model 2193 Fredericia Denmark 1965
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning wingback sofa model 2193 designed by Borge Mogensen and manufactured by Fredericia Stolefabrik, Denmark 1965. This sofa has solid teak wooden legs and beautiful cognac leath...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Teak

Danish Cabinetmaker 1950s Boucle Love Seat Sofa
Located in London, GB
Danish Cabinetmaker Curved Loveseat, c1950s Two person love-seat sofa in the manner of Finn Juhl. Produced by an anonymous Danish cabinetmaker c1950s. The sofas has oak legs wi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Beech

Anne-Mette Jensen & Morten Ernst Daybed Model EJ142 by Erik Jørgensen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sofa / daybed model EJ142 / waves designed by Anne-Mette Jensen & Morten Ernst. Produced by Erik Jørgensen in Denmark.
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Skrindan Sofa by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist for OPE Möbler Jönköping, Sweden 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
The “Skrindan” sofa model was designed in 1967 by iconic Swedish designer, Kerstin Hörlin-Homquist. Hörlin-Holmquist had a unique and humanistic design vision, and thanks to her unco...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Illum Wikkelsø Sofa Produced by Michael Laursen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sofa designed by Illum Wikkelsø. Produced by Michael Laursen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Poul Volther Sofa or Daybed Model Diva / 981 by Gemla in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sofa or daybed model Diva / 981 designed by Poul Volther. Produced by Gemla in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Hans Wegner Sofa Model AP-64 Produced by AP-Stolen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare sofa model AP-64 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by AP-Stolen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Oak

Kaare Klint, Early Sofa, Nigerian Leather, Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early all-original sofa. Designed by Kaare Klint, produced by cabinetmaker rud Rasmussen, Denmark, c. 1940s. Designed in 1937. Legs in mahogany.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood, Leather

Sofa in Lamb's Wool by Ludvig Pontoppidan
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ludvig Pontoppidan reupholstered sofa in lamb's wool (colour: Moonlight) with legs in stained beech. 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Lambskin, Beech

Swedish Modern Sheepskin Lounge Chairs in the Style of Otto Schulz
Located in Hägersten, SE
Pair of Swedish modern lounge chairs. Reminiscent to the style of Otto Schulz. Made in Sweden during the 1940-50s. Stained beech wood and new sheep skin fur upholstery with cognac le...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

1950s Swedish Velvet Samspel Sofa by Carl Malmsten
Located in London, GB
Carl Malmsten 'Samspel' sofa First designed in 1956 and produced by AB Record in Bollnas, Sweden, the 'Samspel' sofa is one of the finest pieces to be drawn by Sweden's design ico...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Beech

Hans J. Wegner for Getama Sofa GE290 in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner, three-seat sofa, model GE290 for Getama, teak, fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1960s This model GE290 by Hans Wegner is a seemingly simple design. It is produced by Geta...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Oak

Tight Back Sofa by Ole Wanscher
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A sofa with a raised, tight back and sloping arms, retaining the original upholstery, on Cuban mahogany legs.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Mahogany, Wool

Black Leather 2 Seater Sofa with Legs of Oak, Manufactured by Stouby Furniture
Located in Lejre, DK
Black leather 2 seater sofa with legs of oak, manufactured by Stouby Furniture in the 1960s. The sofa is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Oak

Svante Skogh Two-Seater Sofa for AB Seffle Möbelfabrik, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This spectacular two-seater sofa by Swedish designer, Svante Skogh, is a rather rare example of the interior and furniture designer’s repertoire. With a creative and masterfully craf...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Illum Wikkelsø Sofa Model ML-140 by Michael Laursen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sofa model ML-140 designed by Illum Wikkelsø. Produced by Michael Laursen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Mid Century Danish Daybed by Rud Thygesen in Oregon Pine "Skuffesengen", 1961
By Rud Thygesen, Contur
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Danish daybed by Rud Thygesen in Oregon pine, called "skuffesengen", designet in 1961, produced by Contur Møbler. Great details and alot of storage opportunities.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Pine

Modern Grete Jalk Danish Sofa, France and Son Freshly Reupholstered
Located in Lyon, FR
First edition for this sofa designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son. Scandinavian sofa Freshly reupholstered. Perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Danish Modern Loveseat by DUX
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Distinctive Scandinavian Modern design sets this vintage DUX love seat apart from other seating options. The midcentury Swedish design features stylish two-seat arrangement, solid te...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Midcentury Rosewood Sofa "Monte Carlo", 1965
Located in Karlstad, SE
Top-quality lounge sofa designed by Ingvar Stockum for Futura Möbler in 1965. Its beautiful frame and low profile adds to the elegance of this sofa. The "Monte Carlo" series w...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

Danish Sofa with Sheepskin by Edmun Jørgensen, 1940s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Two seater sofa made by cabinetmaker Edmund Jørgensen. Produced in Denmark during the 1940-50s. Dark stained oak legs and new sheepskin upholstery in light beige color. Very good vin...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Fritz Hansen Boucle Lounge Chairs, c1940s
Located in London, GB
Fritz Hansen Lounge chairs, c1940s A variation of the iconic Fritz Hansen 1669 lounge chair, produced in Denmark in the 1940s. These chairs have been reupholstered in new wool...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

"Susanna" Sofa by Oiva Parviainen for Lahden Lepokalusto, Finland 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This wonderful commemoration of Finnish mid-century design is the Susanna sofa created by Lahti Lepokaulusto and designed in the 1950s by Oiva Parviainen. Famous for its suspension a...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

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 Sofas

Materials

Teak, Fabric, Wool

Illum Wikkelsø Sofa Model V11 Produced by Holger Christiansen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare sofa model V11 designed by Illum Wikkelsø. Produced by Holger Christiansen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Slagelse Mobelvaerk 1950s Curved Boucle Sofa
Located in London, GB
This exceptional piece of Danish furniture was designed and made in the 1950s by master cabinetmakers Slagelse Mobelvaerk in Denmark. This example has been reupholstered in luxur...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Beech, Wool, Bouclé

Norwegian Three-Seat Sofa from Soda Galvano, 1960
Located in Catonvielle, FR
This solid ash and leather three-seater sofa was produced in Norway by Soda Galvano during the 1960s. It features a solid ash frame and patinated leather upholstery. Comfortable and ...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Danish Corner Sofa, Original Piece from the 1950s Newly Upholstered
Located in Paris, FR
This sofa is composed of two separated parts that are placed together to form a corner sofa. It was not designed to be placed apart as two separate elements. Lovely shape and curve...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Bouclé, Upholstery, Beech

Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA Sofa in Oak and Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA, three-seat sofa, oak, fabric, Denmark, 1950s. This sofa is characterized by a splendid design that epitomizes a simplistic, natural and timeless aesthe...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

1940s Swedish Curved Sheepskin Sofa
Located in London, GB
Sweeping curved sofa designed and produced in the early 1940s. The legs are refinished stained elm wood and the sofa has been reupholstered in Skandilock 'Moonlight' sheepskin.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Sheepskin, Elm

Scandinavian Modern Sofa in Pine, Norway, 1970s
Located in Langserud, SE
This simple yet complex soild pine sofa was created and maufactrued in Norway. Good vintage condition, small marks and the seat with trace of wear. Dimensions: length 150, wi...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Pine

Swedish Modern Samspel Sofa by Carl Malmsten 1950's
Located in Brussels, BE
This Samspel 2 seaters sofa has been reupholstered. It was created by Carl Malmsten, one of Sweden's best known furniture designers. Born in Stockholm in 1888 and dead in 1972, the a...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Cotton, Wood, Beech

Classic Sofa by Frits Henningsen, circa 1938
Located in Hudson, NY
Three-seat sofa with Cuban mahogany frame; classical style with curving arms on six solid mahogany legs. Chosen as one of the 100 Danish masterpieces in the same named book, page 38,...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Curved Sofa 'Cottonflower' in Blush Velvet by Kabinet
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The rounded, curved shape, is crafted into the unique and original design of this well-proportioned and visually distinctive sofa series, available in custom sizes, ensuring intimacy...
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2010s Italian Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Kaare Klint Style Sofa in Original Reversible Weave Fabric
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Kaare Klint style sofa in original Swedish reversible fabric of blue on green background. Comfortable homey Scandinavian modern blends in both a modern and traditional setting. Cushi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Walnut Sofa with Leather Webbing by Gustaf Hiort Af Ornäs, Finland, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sofa by Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs, made from walnut with sculptural details. The amazing leather webbing backrest makes this sofa a real room jewel. Seat upholstered in cream fabric.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Sampsel Sofa by Carl Malmsten, 1956
Located in London, GB
First designed in 1956 and produced by AB Record, Bollnas, Sweden. Reupholstered in Melton wool fabric from Abraham Moon. Stained beech legs.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Beech

Viggo Boesen, "Attribution" Settee, Bamboo, Cane, Fabric, Denmark, 1940s
By E.V.A. Nissen & Co. 1, Viggo Boesen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of lounge chairs. Design attributed to Viggo Boesen. Presumably produced by E. V. A. Nissen & Co., Denmark. c. 1940s-1950s. In moulded bamboo with rattan / cane details. Sea...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Bamboo, Cane, Rattan, Fabric

Hans Olsen Attributed Sofa Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sofa attributed to Hans Olsen. Produced in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

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