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Scandinavian Modern Seating

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
Big Big Chair Armchair + Pouf, Sheepskin Set by Norr11
Located in Paris, FR
BIG BIG CHAIR Armchair and Little Big Pouf Signed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl for Norr11. Models shown on the picture: - Big Big Chair Size: H: 98 cm / SH: 41 cm / W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin

PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius, Walnut
Located in Paris, FR
PIA chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H 75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Nat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

Fritz Hansen Pair of Easy Chairs in Beige Sheepskin, Model 1669, 1930s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Pair of Fritz Hansen easy chairs, model 1669, circa 1930s. Sculptural chair re-upholstered in beige sheepskin, legs of stained beech. All work carried out as original with filling...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin

'Hippo' Lounge Chair by Norr11, Dark Smoked Oak, Barnum Bouclé, White
Located in Paris, FR
HIPPO lounge chair Signed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl for Norr11. Model shown on the picture: Wood: Dark Smoked Oak Fabric: Barnum Bouclé 24 Wood types available: n...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Oak

'Hippo' Lounge Chair by Norr11, Light Smoked Oak, Barnum Bouclé, White
Located in Paris, FR
HIPPO lounge chair Signed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl for Norr11. Model shown on the picture: Wood: Light Smoked Oak Fabric: Barnum Bouclé 24 Wood types available: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Oak

'Big Big Chair' Armchair by Norr11, Barnum Bouclé, White
Located in Paris, FR
BIG BIG CHAIR Armchair Signed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl for Norr11. Model shown on the picture: Fabric: Barnum Bouclé 01 Made in Italy Appropriately named,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool

Nyt I Bo Daybed, Made in Pine, Reupholstered, Danish Mid-Century Modern, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A gorgeous freestanding mid century daybed in solid pine, reupholstered cushions in grey canvas. Made by the Danish company "Nyt i Bo" in 1970s. This daybed can also be used as a ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Canvas, Pine

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 ...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

'Big Big Chair' Armchair in Sheepskin by Norr11
Located in Paris, FR
BIG BIG CHAIR Armchair Signed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl for Norr11. Model shown on the picture: Fabric: Sheepskin (07 Sahara) Made in Italy Appropriately named, t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin

Minimal Three-Legged Stool in White Oak by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The Abbott is a stable three-legged stool with a wedged through-tenon joint and a round beveled top. The stool is great for occasional seating, as a small side table, or as a place t...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Cherry, Maple, Oak

Sculptural Bench by Olavi Hanninen for Mikko Nupponen, Finland, 1950’s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Sculptural bench by Olavi Hanninen for Mikko Nupponen, Finland 1950’s. This bench is made of stained elm wood and sculpturally crafted by hand. Very well presented original condition.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Elm

Four Danish Teak Curved Back Dining Chairs
Located in Oakland, CA
Set of four Mid-century Danish dining chairs designed by Kai Kristainsen, 1959, Denmark. Handcrafted with dramatic curved backs in teak. Perfectly restored and upholstered in an oliv...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans J. Wegner, Pair of GE-290 Oak Lounge Chairs, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Hans J. Wegner, pair of GE-290 lounge chairs in oak and original upholstery, Denmark 1960s. Very nice vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Børge Mogensen Oak Daybed "Model 190" for Fredericia, Denmark 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Børge Mogensen designed for function more than sculptural effect. Daybed Model 190 was designed in 1954 for Fredericia Furniture and shows Mogensen’s strong design ideals putting fun...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Set of Six Chairs Solid Beechwood by Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals, 1970s
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Beautiful set of six very sculptural dining room chairs in beeche wood by Swedish architect and designer Rainer Daumiller, manufactured by Hirtshalls Sawmills. The beech variant is...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech

Lounge Chaira by Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Lounge chair by Henning Kjærnulf, made of oak and new upholstered with white boucle fabric. Refreshing design with bold Baroque coming together nicely with midcentury modernism. ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Set of 6 Razor Blade Dining Chairs in Quartersawn Oak by Henry Kjærnulf, Denmark
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 6 vintage "razor blade" dining chairs in solid patinated quarter sawn Scandinavian oak and the original traditional Danish "Olmerdug" wool upholstery fitted with nails on the ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak, Fabric

Arne Jacobsen Stool Model "AJ3170" in Teakwood & Brass, Fritz Hansen, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare and important Arne Jacobsen stool model AJ3170 from the earliest production at Fritz Hansen in the 1950s. The stool was designed by Jacobsen in 1954 in collaboration with Fritz ...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

‘Pk20’ Easy Chairs by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark 1994
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of two ‘PK20’ easy chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark 1994. These easy chairs features a hand-woven rattan seat and a matte chromed flat steel base. Very...
Category

1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

12 Scandinavian Modern Dining Chairs Papercord Beech
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Beautiful blond Scandinavian chairs with color papercord seats. The seats have two color tones, one colors more towards the brown and the other towards the green. 4 Measures a cm h...
Category

1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Papercord, Beech

Set of 10 Danish Modern Teak Dining Chairs by Harry Ostergaard
Located in San Diego, CA
*Labour and restoration is included in the price. Perfectly sumptuous set of 10 dining chairs designed by Harry Østergaard for Randers Møbelfabrik in Denmark. These Model 59 dining...
Category

1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

Even Arm Sofa by Hans Wegner
Located in Providence, RI
Elegant even arm sofa on tapered teak legs, designed by Hans J. Wegner, circa 1955. This example, produced by the workshop of A.P. Stolen, Denmark, circa 1971. Purchased from origina...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Teak

Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair with Ottoman in Ocean Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for AP Stolen, easy chair with ottoman, model AP 19 Papa Bear, fabric, oak, Denmark, designed in 1951, production later, This semi-wingback armchair, has an open expr...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

1950s Set of 4 Dining Chairs by Westbergs Möbler
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Set of 4 dining chairs by Westbergs Möbler, Sweden. Beautiful curved and elegant design with a contrast black linen upholstery. The wooden frame has been restored but show some...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Linen, Beech

Arne Jacobsen Oxford Lounge Chair
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen Oxford chair four-star base in aluminum. Turn able. Original upholstered with patinated elegance leather. Made by Fritz Hansen. Original designed for the Oxfor...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Verner Panton C1 Chairs
Located in Dronten, NL
Verner Panton's career as a designer first peaked at the end of the 1950s. With a series of furniture featuring basic geometrical shapes he pre-empted Pop Art ideas and yet with the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

1960s Black Leather Chair by Georg Thams
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Black Leather Chair by Georg Thams. Danish Vintage Lounge Chair from 1960 s. Produced in Denmark. It is made of black leather and wooden legs. Beautiful light patina on the leather.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Aage Bruun & Son Safari Chair and Ottoman in Patinated Saddle Leather, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Aage Bruun & Son safari chair and ottoman with frame of beech. Seat, back and armrests of patinated cognac saddle leather. Made in the 1960's by Aage Bruun & Son.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech, Leather

Minimal Bar Stool in Solid White Oak with Brass Foot Rests by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
An instant Classic with a contemporary turned legs and a faceted top for comfort, this counter height stool will stand the test of time and only get better with age. A light and dura...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Ole Wanscher for France and Daverkosen Lounge Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Ole Wanscher design lounge chairs for France and Daverkosen, Denmark. Newly upholstered in a white boucle with new foam cushions, these light wood frames are in good shape with som...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Fruitwood

Solid Beech Armchair with Woven Papercord Seat by Frits Schlegel, Denmark 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Early Danish Modern cemented the Scandinavian design principles of quality, functionality, and an unadorned, understated look. Frits Schlegel was a defining Danish functionalist arch...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Papercord, Wood

Set of Leather Lounche Chairs Attr. to Karl Erik Ekselius. Sweden 1960s
Located in Beerse, VAN
A beautiful set of armchairs of Scandinavian origin. The seats are upholstered with a soft black leather that is still in 'near mint' condition. Note the sloping backrest, which give...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Pair Little Petra VB1, Sheepskin Sahara & Walnut by Viggo Boesen for & Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin.It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Wulff ATD2 in Sheepskin, Moonlight & Walnut for & Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Introducing Wulff, a lounge chair whose upholstered form pays tribute to the hand-crafted designs of the 1930's. Wulff promises superior craftsmanship and outstanding comfort with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

1970s, Scandinavian Leather Armchair
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use.
Category

1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

Royal Blue Kevi Desk Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
A design icon, the Kevi task chair offers adjustable height, adjustable angle back and adjustable seat height. Surprisingly comfortable, the Kevi chair is a favorite among architect...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Arne Jacobsen, Dining Chair Model 3110, Drop Chair, Black Aniline Leather
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen dining chairs, new upholstered with black aniline leather. Legs of powder coated steel. Model 3110 "Drop", made by Fritz Hansen.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Little Petra VB1, in Sheepskin Sahara & Walnut by Viggo Boesen for & Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin.It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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...
Category

2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Papercord, Wood, Oak

Little Petra vb1 & Pouf atd1 in Sheepskin & Oak by Viggo Boesen for &tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin. I...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Mid-Century modern scandinavian chair Folding MK16 by Mogens Koch. New product.
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mogens Koch designed the MK16 Folding Chair for a supplemental church seating contest, reinterpreting the traditional folding stool by pairing easy folding and storage functionality ...
Category

2010s European Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

Swedish Stool, Ingvar Hildingsson, Pine, 1970s
Located in Los Gatos, CA
Classic sculptural milking stool, designed and produced in the studio of Ingvar Hildingsson, Kalmar Läns Slöjdare IH Slöjd Rugstorp. Signed and labeled. Solid Pine Sweden, 1970's E...
Category

1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

1960s Scandinavian ‘Pinnstolar’ Chairs
Located in Roncadelle, BS
Pair of pinnstolar model chairs made of dark walnut-painted wood. The birch wood frame consists of a wide seat and a backrest formed by eight vertical spindles. The tapered, e...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

GE280 Modular Sofa by Hans Wegner for Getama, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Rare modular sofa designed by of of the best mid century designers Hans J Wegner for Getama. Model GE 280. The modular sofa consists of a beautifully bentwood oak frame with beau...
Category

1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

"Tokyo" Armchair by Carl-Axel Acking, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elegant “Tokyo” armchair by Carl-Axel Acking, made from elm and upholstered with natural leather. Beautiful woodgrain. The “Tokyo” model was created in 1959 for the Swedish embassy i...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Elm, Leather

Erik Buck Bar Stools Model OD-61 Produced by Oddense Møbelfabrik in Denmark
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare set of 4 bar stools model OD-61 designed by Erik Buck. Produced by Oddense Møbelfabrik in Denmark. Price listed is / item.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Mid Century Black Overman Swivel Office Chair
Located in Germantown, MD
Mid Century black overman swivel chair. Chair is in excellent condition. Excellent office chair for your vintage desk or modern desk. Chair measures 25W x 25D x 30H. Swivel mechani...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Set of 6 Danish Modern Johannes Andersen BA 113 Dinning Chairs
Located in San Diego, CA
These are teak Johannes Andersen BA 113 dinning chairs. They are both sculptural and architectural in form. They are dramatic and super comfortable. These are very comfortable chairs...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

Danish Leather & Rosewood Model 404 Chair by Arne Vodder for P. Olsen for Sibast
Located in JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, FR
Superb Scandinavian armchair for office or living room. Very well made piece of furniture with clean and very elegant lines. Designed in 1960, this armchair is referenced on the Desi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Betty Chair TK3 with Black Silk Leather by Thau & Kallio for &tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Named after the Betty Nansen theatre in Copenhagen, this chair boasts an exceptionally durable construction. Crafted from solid oak, with an upholstered seat, its simple design promi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Rare Pair of Erik Bertil Karlén Easy Chairs, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Excellent condition. Completely restored.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin

Ingvar Hildingsson Stool in Alder Wood circa 1970, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
High Ingvar Hildingsson stool made in solid alder wood during the end of the XX century. Typical shape for Hildingsson model. Some parts have been reglued underneath ( check the pict...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Kevi Office Chair by Jørgen Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kevi office chair designed by Jørgen Rasmussen. With height, tilt and other adjustments. New upholstered with black aniline leather.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Set of 2 Rush Bar Stools in the Style of Charlotte Perriand
Located in Amstenrade, NL
Set of 2 rush bar stools in the style of Charlotte Perriand. Solid pine frames and woven rush seat. In very good vinatge condition. Price is for the set of 2.  
Category

Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Rush, Pine

1960s Danish Teak Dining Chairs, Set of Five
Located in High Point, NC
A set of five Mid-Century Modern wooden dining chairs from 1960s Denmark. The fluid ripple of the backrest gives an inherent liveliness to the silhouette, counterbalanced by the gent...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Carl Malmsten Set of Twelve Dining Chairs in Teak and Dark Purple Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Carl Malmsten, set of twelve armchairs, teak, fabric, Sweden, 1950s. Set of twelve chairs in deep purple upholstery attributed to Carl Malmsten (1888-1972). The unique...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Dining Chairs by Niels Otto Møller Model 71
Located in Vienna, AT
Dining chairs made of hardwood, designed 1951 by Niels Otto Møller and produced by J. L. Møller Møbelfabrik, model number 71. Excellent restored with new upholstered. (Another fabric...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Swedish Lounge Chairs by Hans Harald Molander for Nordiska Kompaniet, NK 1950s
Located in Hägersten, SE
Rare lounge chairs designed by Hans Harald Molander. Produced by Nordiska Kompaniet during the 1950s. Made from black lacquered steel and upholstered seats. Reupholstered with wool f...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Arne Norell seating for sale on 1stDibs

Arne Norell seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of leather and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arne Norell seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 109 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Arne Norell were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. Many customers also consider seating by and.... Arne Norell seating prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $857 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $6,094.

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