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Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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
Mogens Koch Cabinets in Oak for Rud, Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch cabinets in oak. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DANMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Mogens Koch Bookcases in Teak for Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch two bookcases in Teak. Two inlays are removabel. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper label ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/45 NØRREBROGADE/KØBENHAVN.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Low White Montana Module with Two Rooms, Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
Low white Montana module with two rooms, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Mogens Koch Bookcases of Elm for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch set of six bookcases of elm. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

Midcentury Cabinets in Origon Pine, Made in Denmark, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Collection of 3 cabinets in pine, designed and made in Denmark. Original patinated condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern Secretary Bookcase in Rosewood by Johannes Sor
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a very sought after Scandinavian modern secretary desk designed by Johannes Sorth for Nexxo Mobelfabrik in Denmark in the 1960's. This exquisite piece, in Brazilian rosewood,...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Scandinavian Modern Petite Bookcase
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This is a lovely bookcase in a manageable (movable) size, with shelves that adjust to many settings using a hidden wire system. Plinth style base sits on the floor. Old growth rosewo...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Hans Hove & Palle Petersen bookcases produced by Christian Linneberg in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Storage units / bookcases designed by Hans Hove & Palle Petersen. Produced by Christian Linneberg in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood, Lacquer

Two Bookcases by Mogens Koch for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch two bookcases in Oregon pine. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

Elm Bookcase with Nordens Flora Illustrations
By Carl Axel Lindman
Located in Madrid, ES
Cabinet / bookcase veneered with elm wood from circa 1940's. Two long shelves and two drawers on top, sides with doors behind which are shelves. Later covered with flower illustrated...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm, Paper

Midcentury Vintage Bookcase by František Jirák, 1960s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Midcentury vintage bookcase from the 1960s. It was designed by František Jirák and was manufactured by Tatra nábytok company in the former Czechoslovakia. Features a simple design, a...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Wood

Poeme Shelf 144 in Black by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Cado Room Divider/ Shelf by Poul Cadovius Royal System Denmark
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Poul Cadovius Royal system shelf/ room divider. Possibilities are endless as to how you might set this unit up! Room Divider with usable functional shelving on two sides! Unit contai...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Teak

Poeme Shelf 74 in Oak by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
Category

2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

White Montana Module with Cabinet and 6 Shelves, Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with cabinet and 6 shelves, designed by Peter J. Lassen.     
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Bookcase Attributed to Josef Frank Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bookcase attributed to Josef Frank. Produced in Sweden.  
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Royal System Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s
Located in Helsinki, FI
Beautiful teak veneer Royal System wall unit by Poul Cadovius. The wall unit consists of cabinet with glass sliding doors, six book shelves and a magazine shelf.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Johannes Andersen Danish Teak Bookcase Media Cabinet Credenza on Hairpin Legs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our shop elevated (literally) this Incredibly versatile Johannes Andersen display hutch with a sleek set of 15" metal hairpin legs. Instead of going the easy route with screws, we op...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of White Bookcases by Montana with Glass Shelves
Located in Lejre, DK
A pair of white bookcases by Montana with glass shelves.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Wood

Poeme Shelf 144 in Oak by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit by Ulferts, 1960s
Located in Asaa, DK
Scandinavian modern teak wall unit by Ulferts 1960s Large Scandinavian modern modular teak wall unit with cabinets and shelves. This unit consists of three lower modules and three t...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Handcrafted Minimal Design Aluminium Rivet Wall Shelf Typecase
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rivet Typecase is a compartmentalized aluminum shelf with discrete sections meant for storing and displaying your most cherished objects. The Rivet design is a symbiosis between c...
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2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

White Montana Module Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module designed by Peter J. Lassen, in great used condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Bookcase / Cabinet, by Lyby Mobler
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Rosewood Scandinavian bookcase/cabinet by Lyby Mobler, circa 1960's. Open bookcase rests upon a sliding door cabinet, cpould be used seperately. Case sits upon removable, tapered sol...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Børge Mogensen Scandinavian Modern Set of Teak & Oak Bookcases, FDB, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Elegant and simple design by Børge Mogensen from the early 1950s. Made by C.M. Madsen for "FDB-møbler", Denmark. Shelves can be adjusted. Base in solid oak and cabinet in teakwood. G...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak, Teak

Reading Horse, Modern Scandinavian Design Wooden Bookshelf, with Katrín Ólína
By Katrin Olina
Located in Halikko, Finland
Icelandic designer Katrín Ólína has collaborated with made by Choice to create home products that celebrate reading. Small Reading Horse is a small portable Bookshelf. It is a simple...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch

Two Danish Modern Rosewood Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
Two Danish modern rosewood bookcases. Bookcases have glass adjustable shelves with black lacquered bases. Beautiful rosewood grain.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Rosewood

1960s Slim Swedish Bookcase Cabinet in Teak Designed by Svante Skogh for Seffle
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Slim and high quality Swedish, table model, bookcase cabinet with two sliding doors, horizontal and vertical veneered, and one adjustable shelf all in teak. Inside finished with oak....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak, Teak

Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs Grand 'Välipala' Wall Unit
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs for Huonekalu Mikko Nupponen, 'Välipala' bookcase, teak, lacquered wood, Finland, 1950s This large bookcase is designed by the Finnish designer Carl Gus...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Teak

Finn Juhl for Bovirke Large Wall Unit in Teak and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Bovirke, wall unit, model 'BO71', teak, pine, brass, Denmark, 1950s This eccentric library unit designed by the renowned designer Finn Juhl is based on an elongated c...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Bookcase Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius Denmark 1960s Rosewood
Located in Munster, DE
Stunning rosewood wall unit from the 1960s by danish Designer Poul Cadovius. The unit features five wall panels, four sideboard elements and 11 shelves (more than shown in the pictur...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Danish Modern Sculptural Freestanding Pine Shelve by Rainer Daumiller, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Rare freestanding shelving unit in solid pine. Designed by Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals Savvaerk. Ca 1970s. A rare object with beautiful wood grains. This vintage object is in...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine

White Montana Module with Four Large Rooms and One Glass Door, by Peter J.Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with four large rooms and one glass door, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch four bookcases in mahogany for wall-mounting. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DANMARK.
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Hans Wegner, for Ry Møbler Four Bay Wall Unit/Room Divider
Located in Denton, TX
Danish Modern shelving system made of teak, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Ry Møbler in the 60s. This is the model RY-100, which can be flexibly arranged to your desire.
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Danish Teak Secretary Desk and Bookcase
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage Danish teak secretary desk with shelving and a storage cabinet on the bottom. This versatile piece of furniture has a lot of storage options and can be used for different nee...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Master Cabinet Maker Bookcase, 1950s
Located in Uppsala, SE
3-piece teak and mahogany handmade bookshelf by unknown Scandinavian master cabinet maker. Most likely a special order due to the very high level of craftsmanship and attention to de...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany, Teak

Poul Nørreklit Cabinet in Plexiglas, Aluminum and Black Lacquered Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Nørreklit for Selectform, free-standing cabinet, black lacquered wood, aluminum and plexiglas, Denmark, late 1960s  A substantial and functional storage system consisting of ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs 'Välipala' Grand Library
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs fot Huonekalu Mikko Nupponen, 'Välipala' bookcase, teak, wood, Finland, 1950s. This bookcase is designed by the Finnish designer Carl Gustaf Hiort. The ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Mogens Koch Three Cabinets for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch three cabinets of Elm. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen. Reverse with manufacturer's paper label Rud. Rasmussen / Snedkerier / Nørrebrogade / København.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen Danish Bookshelf
Located in San Francisco, CA
Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen Danish teak two-door cabinet with matching upper bookshelf. Interior paper trays and adjustable shelf, labeled. No key available.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

1950s Scandinavian High Sideboard in Solid Teak and Brass Feet
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
A 1950s solid teak wood sideboard with brass legs and pommels. A delicate conservative renovation has been made on wood (cleaned and polished). The pommels have been changed meanwhil...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Børge Mogensen Bookcase Model 291 by Fredericia Stolefabrik in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall-mounted bookcase model 291 designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by Fredericia Stolefabrik in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Pine, Oak, Teak

Mogens Koch Wall Unit of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch wall unit of mahogany. Two bookcases with removable inlays. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Mogens Koch Pair of Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch pair of bookcases in mahogany. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DANMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Plywood Bookcase, Finland, 2000
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Birch plywood bookcase, Finland 2000. Consisting of a six-drawer chest of drawers and a bookcase, this set can be arranged separately or stacked. Remarkable for its design and concep...
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1990s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch, Plywood

Large Finn Juhl for Bovirke Wall Unit in Teak and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Bovirke, wall unit, model 'BO71', teak, pine, white lacquered wood, brass, Denmark, 1950s Large open wall unit designed by Finn Juhl for Bovirke. This model 'BO 71' is...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Pair of China Bookcases in Oak by Børge Mogensen, Made in Denmark, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of bookcases in oak with adjustable shelves, designed by Maa. Børge Mogensen for C.M. Madsen cabinetmakers in 1958. Made in Denmark in the 1960s.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Mid-Century Modern Teak Wall Unit
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This three-panel customizable wall unit boasts Mid-Century Modern teak construction, spacious display shelves, drawers, drop-front writing surface, and a uniquely large storage cabin...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Mid 20th Century Birch Tall Open Bookcase
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century birch tall open bookcase circa 1950. Swedish tall open bookcase, made in a golden birch. Featuring 3 adjustable shelves either side of a central partition. Sta...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch

Børge Mogensen 4 Paneled Shelving and Storage Cabinet in Wood and Glass
Located in West Hollywood, CA
A teak Scandinavian Modern wall unit designed by Børge Mogensen, Sweden. Features adjustable shelves, sliding glass and blind door storage. Unit consists of 8 module and interchangea...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Poeme Shelf 144 in Dark Oak by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
Category

2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Large Wall Unit / Bookcase by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, Denmark, Teak Brass
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 made of beautiful teak, designed by Finn Juhl. Placement of shelves and sideboard can be freely chosen. The shelf was manufactured by Bovirke in the 196...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Bookcase / Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, 1960s Rosewood Pine Brass
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 from the 1960s with a beautiful rosewood veneer and shelves made of pine and brass, designed by Finn Juhl in 1953. The placement of the shelves and side...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mogens Koch Bookcases in Oak for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch pair of bookcases with plinths in oak. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Mogens Koch Bookcases in Cherrywood for Rud, Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch set of three bookcases in cherrywood. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Cherry

Pair of Mid-Century Vitrines in Oak by Børge Mogensen, Made in Sweden
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of low vitrine cabinets in oak with adjustable shelves. Designed by Danish architect Børge Mogensen for Karl Andersson cabinetmakers. Made in Sweden in the 1960s. Great original...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Oak

Poeme Shelf 39 in Black by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
Designed by Timo Mikkonen and Antti Rouhunkoski of Poiat Studio in 2022, the Poeme Collection is a line of modular shelves that are a perfect complement to the Studio’s other furnitu...
Category

2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

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