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Scandinavian Modern Seating

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. 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.

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, 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 Sarapaneva.

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 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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Custom Made Model 54 Sheepskin Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair & ottoman A custom made lounge chair and matching ottoman developed and hand-made at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

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 Seating

Materials

Walnut

St. Germain Linen Club Chair
Located in New York, NY
Warm modernism. Beautiful from every angle, the St. Germain club chair features a dash of Japanese rigor, a hint of Scandinavian Modernism, and a full dose of chic. A sinuous and sim...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Brass

Set of Six Midcentury Wishbone Chairs in Patinated Oak by Hans Wegner, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of six wishbone chairs in oak and paper cord designed by Hans J Wegner. Great original condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Papercord, Oak

Dagmar Design Custom Made Sheepskin Ottoman
Located in London, GB
A custom made sheepskin ottoman on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. This item is made to order in our Lond...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

Pair of Custom Made Round Shearling Ottomans
Located in London, GB
A pair of round custom made shearling ottomans on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. These items are made to...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech, Sheepskin

Custom Made RYO Velvet Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design RYO armchairs A pair of custom made lounge chairs developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are uphols...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Beech

Swedish, Organic Lounge Chairs, Sheepskin, Beech, Sweden, 1930s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of organic lounge chairs. Produced and designed in Sweden, 1930s. Fully restored. In beech and sheepskin. Other designers of the period include Flemming Lassen, Philip Arct...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Sheepskin, Beech

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 Seating

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Oak

Minimal Blackened Ash Bar Stool 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...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak

Custom Made 1940s Style Sheepskin Wing Chair
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design Custom-Made Upholstered Range A custom made wing chair developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. The frames are hand-built...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

Custom Made Model 54 Lounge Chair
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair A custom made lounge chair developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. This chair is upholstered ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Pair of Custom Made Shearling Ottomans
Located in London, GB
A pair of custom made shearling ottomans on hardwood base with stained beech legs. The foam body is covered in premium, tufted Australian shearling. These items are made to order...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

Hans Wegner Oak Lounge Chair GE290 by GETAMA - 3 Pieces Available
Located in Utrecht, NL
Lounge chair GE290 is a much appreciated early design by Hans Wegner. Wegner already designed the chair in 1953. The chair offers exceptional good seating comfort - partly due to cus...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Linen, Oak

Danish Designer, Organic Lounge Chair, Beige Sheepskin, Beech, Denmark, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic lounge chair or slipper chair, designed by an unknown Danish modernist designer, late 1940s or early 1950s. Other designers working in similar organic style include Fle...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

Pair of Custom Made Model 54 Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design Model 54 lounge chair These custom made lounge chairs are developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These chairs is u...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Danish Ebonized Dining Chairs by Bob og Dries Van Den Berghe
Located in Vienna, AT
A set of six Danish ebonized dining chairs. Designed 1970 by Bob og Dries van den Berghe for Tranekær Mobler. Another set of eight with beige seat in other listing.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Faux Leather, Cherry

Eero Saarinen & Knoll,"Tulip" 6 Tulip Chairs
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) & Knoll International Suite of 6 Tulip model chairs White lacquered fiberglass shell, swivel base in cast aluminum covered with white Rilsan. Orange r...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Set of Six Restored Johannes Andersen Dining Chairs in Teak Custom Upholstery
Located in Knebel, DK
Set of six restored Johannes Andersen dining chairs in teak inc. reupholstery designed for Ørum Møbelfabrik in 1965 The chairs were designed in 19Set of six elegant organic shaped...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Teak

Set of 12, Danish Modern Dining Chairs in Pine and Leather, by Knud Færch, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Danish mid-century dining chairs in pine and leather, made by Knud Færch for Sorø Møbelfabrik in 1970s, set of 12. The set is in a overall great vintage condition. The wooden fra...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Pine

Aage Christiansen Rocking Chair for Erhardsen & Andersen, Denmark 1960s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Very decorative Danish vintage rocking chair by Aage Christiansen for Erhardsen & Andersen, Denmark 1960s. This chair is made of teak wood, which contrasts nicely with the fabric. It...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Grete Jalk Sofa JH180 Johannes Hansen, Denmark, 1955
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Beautiful small Danish sofa or love seat, model JH180 designed by Grete Jalk and manufactured by Johannes Hansen, Denmark 1955. This beautiful shaped sofa has very nice and subtle li...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

Sensationally Sleek Scandinavian Lounge Chair & Ottoman Restored Fresh 1960s Mod
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury Scandinavian Modern lounge chair with matching ottoman 1960s Fabulously sleek beautiful rhythmic lines in the manner of IB Kofod Larsen and Folke Ohlssen for DUX Set ha...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery, Wood

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 Seating

Materials

Hardwood, Maple

Rare Finn Juhl 3-Seater Japan Sofa
Located in Munich, DE
for re-upholstery.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

Easy Chair in Beech by Yngve Ekström for Swedese model Lamino, Sweden
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice easy chair by Yngve Ekström model Lamino from Sweden. The chair has a typical Scandinavian design and is executed in beech wood and red fabric. The design is from 1956, however,...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Beech

Set of 6 Niels Otto Moller Model 75 Dining Chairs, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Elegantly shaped set of 6 dining chairs designed by Niels Otto Moller for JL. Mollers. Beautiful organic shaped oak frames with original papercord seats. Good original conditio...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Papercord, Oak, Wood

Vintage Leather Lounge Chair by Ingmar Relling, 1970s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Vintage norwegian lounge chair with cream leather cushions and bent wood beech frame. The chair is very comfortable and looks great thanks to it's unusual frame. Designed by El...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Beech

Custom Made RYO wool Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
Dagmar design RYO armchairs A pair of custom made lounge chairs developed and produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are uphols...
Category

2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech, Wool

Four Chairs, Niels O. Møller, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Beautiful dining chairs made of teak wood, upholstered with new high quality Italian leather in black color. Produced in the 1960s in Denmark. Unique design by Niels Otto Møller. Exc...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Skovby Møbelfabrik Set of Dining Chairs
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Skovby Møbelfabrik set of four dining chairs in partly solid rosewood. New upholstered with cognac aniline leather. Made in the 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Niels Koefoed Armchair, Model "Lis", Rosewood, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Niels Koefoed armchair made in solid rosewood. New upholstered in vintage tan aniline leather. Model Lis, made by Niels Koefoeds Møbelfabrik Hornslet, 1960s.     
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Early Fritz Hansen Armchair Model '1561' in Original Patinated Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Fritz Hansen, armchair model '1561', wood, patinated leather, brass, Denmark, designed in 1942 The appearance of this early Fritz Hansen armchair from 1942 is breathtaking. The wa...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Oak and white Sheepskin Lamino Stool by Yngve Ekstrom for Swedese
Located in Vienna, AT
This iconic Scandinavian Modern stool is matching to the famous lamino lounge chair which was designed by Yngve Ekström in 1956 and produced by Swdese Sweden. The socalled lamino cha...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

Mid Century Swedish Easy Chair by Bruno Mathsson, Model "Eva" for Karl M, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Swedish easy chair by Bruno Mathsson, model "Eva" for Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, 1960s. Solid birch frame with original woven seat and back. Few signs of wear, overall ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Birch

Tall Dot Stool in Dark Green by Arne Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Tall dot stool in dark green designed by Arne Jacobsen and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 1950s. The stool is in great vintage condition.  
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Custom Made Karu Armchair
Located in London, GB
A reproduction armchair in the 1940s Danish modern style. These high-end, custom-made pieces are handmade to order at our workshops in England. The chair legs are available in oil...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Henning Kjaernulf “Razorblade” Armchair for EG Kvalitetsmobel, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This so-called “Razorblade” armchair, designed by Henning Kjaernulf, combines a strong angular structure with a rounded and curved design that gives a feeling of strength and durabil...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin

Vintage Swedish Modernist Swivel Desk Chair in Beech, Made by Edsbyverken, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage Swedish swivel desk chair in beech, made by Edsbyverken, 1960s. A nice sculptural piece for the modern interior. Other mentionable designers from this swedish era are: ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Beech

1970s Danish Modern Teak Loveseat
Located in High Point, NC
This two-seat teak sofa was manufactured in Denmark, circa 1970. In this elegantly composed design, soft cushions rests on a dynamic bent hardwood frame. A contrast of textures and c...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Scandinavian Chair in Pine by Edvin Helseth in 1964 for Trybo Furniture, Norway
Located in Munster, NRW
Dining chair in massive pine by Edvin Helseth, 1964 for Trybo Furniture. Made in Norway. The "Trybo" series was designed in 1964 for the "Trysil-cabin" (Trysil is a Norwegian ski-...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

De Sede Aged Black Leather Recliner Loveseat Sofa, 1970s Switzerland, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible reclining sofa by De Sede, signed with original De Sede emblem on the lower side, the leading Swiss design company since the 1960s, is skillfully crafted in Switzerla...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Mid Century Swedish Lounge Chair in Solid Pine, Made by Östen Kristiansson
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Swedish Brutalist lounge chair in solid pine, Made by Östen Kristiansson own production, after hes work with Unö Kristiansson for Luxus. Velvet cushions and nice curves f...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Pine

Bob & Dries Van Der Berghe Sculptural Dining Chairs
Located in Fulton, CA
Beautifully sculptured Danish modern high-back dining chairs by Bob & Dries Van Der Berghe. Made in Denmark, 1970's. Retain Danish control label on each chair. Amazingly comfortable....
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Oak

Contemporary lo-pi Bar Stool, Fumed Oak with Danish Cord Seat & Brass Foot Rails
Located in Norwich, GB
Our low-pi bar stool at 61cm (24") tall has satin brass foot rails and is available in the following finishes: matt clear oak, limed oak, fumed oak or ebonised oak Our iconic pi s...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Ole Wanscher Two Armchairs
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher two armchairs in mahogany New upholstered with tan aniline leather. Made by A. J. Iversen.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Mahogany

Kolho a Unique and Colorful Scandinavian Serpent like Chair
Located in Halikko, Finland
With Matthew Day Jackson "Kolho is a series of tables and chairs formed of right angles and serpentine forms. It is inspired by Apollo landing and a small town called Kolho in Fin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Plywood

Danish Cabinetmaker Stained Oak Stool, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Denmark has a long history of furniture-making. Through the 19th century, the country also had a very strong tradition of cabinetmaking, or producing traditional furniture by hand. I...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

“Farmor” Armchairs by Carl Malmsten for O.H. Sjögren, Sweden, 1956
Located in Utrecht, NL
In the mid-1950s, Carl Malmsten awarded ten small furniture companies, mainly in Småland, the honour of making a series of some of his products. Among the first pieces was Farmor, wh...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Lounge Chairs in Cane and Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chair, teak, cane, fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1960s Comfortable lounge chairs with beautiful frame. This chair is simplistic yet elegant and modern in design. Due to...
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1960s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak, Cane

Dining Chairs by Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Set of striking dining chairs by Henning Kjærnulf, made of oak and new upholstered with black aniline leather. Refreshing design with bold Baroque coming together nicely with mid...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

10 Jens Risom Side Chairs for Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Knoll Studio classic, Jens Risom's designs were the first pieces manufactured by Knoll. Due to war-time restrictions on materials, this style chair was originally constructed of si...
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1940s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Dining Room Chair in Teak and Light Fabric of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Dining room chair in teak and light fabric of Danish design from the 1960s. The chair is in great vintage condition.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

“Gamla Berlin” Easy Chair by Carl Malmsten, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This “Old Berlin” chair is among Swedish icon, Carl Malmsten’s rarer models. The dark wood, the beautiful upholstery, and Malmsten’s timeless design makes this model a beautiful repr...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Swedish, Stool, Solid Stained Pine, Sweden, C. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Minimalist stool. Maker unknown. Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Minimal Three-Legged Stool in Blackened Ash by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The Abbott is a stabile 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 ...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Ash, Cherry, Oak, Walnut

Alf Svensson, Very Rare Lounge Chair Model Napoli for DUX, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Very rare lounge chair, model Napoli, designed by Alf Svensson for Swedish manufacturer DUX in the 1960s. Only produced in a very short period in the early 1960s. This design has ver...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

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 Seating

Materials

Wood