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Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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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Mogens Koch Oak Bookcase for Rud, Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, Denmark, 1930s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Mogens Koch's most famous piece of furniture is the square book case which was designed for his own home in 1928. This bookcase reflects the Danish designer’s aesthetic that was clea...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Ilmari Tapiovaara Bookcase Produced by Asko in Finland
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare and large freestanding bookcase designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. Produced by Asko in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak, Lacquer

Poul Cadovius, Cado Royal System 3 Bay Teak Modular Wall Unit, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Poul Cadovius, Cado Royal System 3 bay teak modular wall unit, Denmark, 1960s Highly versatile and functional modular wall unit in teak by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. This b...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Set of 2 Carl Malmsten Bookcases in Pine, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of 2 bookcases designed by Carl Malmsten, Sweden, 1950s. Produced in Sweden. Good condition. Listed price is of one (1) bookcase/bookshelfs.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

Carl Malmsten Bookcase in Pine, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Designed by Carl Malmsten, Sweden, 1950s. Produced in Sweden. Good condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

1950s Shelfs / Bookcase / Sideboard in Teak and Beech by Brantorps, Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful and typical Swedish bookcase / shelfs cabinet in teak in combination with beech stands made by Brantorps, Sweden. This cabinet consists six shelfs in which four are adjust...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Beech, Teak

Reading Horse, Modern Scandinavian Design Wooden Bookshelf, with Katrín Ólína
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

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Birch

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

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Aluminum

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

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Birch

Mid 20th Century Scandinavian Birch Bookcase by SMF Bodafors
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century Scandinavian birch bookcase by SMF Bodafors circa 1950. Stunning burr birch low bookcase with rich golden colour. Shaped top with 2 drawers below the top surface ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Birch

1950s Slim Shelfs / Bookcase / Sideboard in Teak and Beech by Brantorps, Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful and typical Swedish slim bookcase / shelfs cabinet in teak in combination with beech stands made by Brantorps, Sweden. This cabinet consists four shelfs in which three are...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Beech, Teak

Low Profile Danish Rosewood Bookcase or Media Stand on Hairpin Legs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Incredibly versatile Danish rosewood bookcase, vintage, 1960s. Rich, deep, oily luster on this old growth rosewood. This cabinet originally had glass doors (not included) and sat ato...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

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

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Teak

Kai Kristiansen Scandinavian Teak Shelves System for FM Møbler, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Scandinavian teak shelving system designed by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen for FM Møbler, wood box and shelves can be positioned as desired; manufacture label., circa 1960. Ple...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Midcentury Shelf by Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals Savværk
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking Danish midcentury display shelf, made from solid pine. Rustic design with smooth lines, beautiful woodgrain.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

Juul Christiansen Rosewood Wall Unit
Located in Highland, IN
This stunning Norwegian wall unit designed by Juul Christiansen as part of his "Pega" system for Arthur Soltvedt Møbelfabrik. It is crafted of gorgeous, beautifully figured rosewood....
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Mogens Koch Modular Cabinets with Bookcases, Denmark, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
His bookcase was first designed for his own private home and reflected the small rooms in most people's houses that required a flexible bookcase or cabinet. There is an extra base al...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Bookcase with Mirrored Back, Rosewood, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase made of rosewood Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 180 cm / width 120 cm / depth 44 cm.    
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookcase, Rosewood, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase made of rosewood Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 180 cm / width 120 cm / depth 44 cm.     
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Rosewood Bookcase, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase made of rosewood Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Arne Vodder & Anton Borg Bookcase Produced by Vamo in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare freestanding bookcase designed by Arne Vodder & Anton Borg. Produced by Vamo in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Teak Bookcase, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase with cabinet Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition. Made of teak wood.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Bookcase, Rosewood, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase from the 1960s. Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: H 187 cm / W 120 cm / D. 43 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookcase, Rosewood, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Bookcase made of rosewood Furniture produced in the 1960s. Very good condition. Dimensions: height 137 cm, width 110 cm, depth 36 cm.        
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookcase with Cabinets in Rosewood, Model No. 9, Designed by Omann Junior
Located in Lejre, DK
Bookcase with cabinets in rosewood, model no. 9, designed by Omann Junior, from the 1960s. The case is in great vintage condition. Measures: H - 187 cm, W - 120 cm and D - 43 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Bookcase in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Bookcase in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The case is in great vintage condition.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Cabinet in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s, the Cabinet Is in Great Vintage
Located in Lejre, DK
Cabinet in teak of Danish design from the 1960s. The cabinet is in great vintage condition.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Bookcase with Cabinet Beneath in Walnut of Danish Design from the 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Bookcase with cabinet beneath in walnut of Danish design from the 1950s. The case is in great vintage condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Danish Modern Teak Bookcase by Johannes Sorth for Bornholm
Located in Berkeley, CA
This beautiful Danish modern midcentury bookcase in teak was designed by Johannes Sorth for Bornholm Møbelfabrik, Nexø in the 1960s. The tall, upper hutch features three adjustable s...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Frits Henningsen Book Cases in Mahogany
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Frits Henningsen book cases in mahogany. With shelves and doors. Keys included. Profilated details. Made in the 1940's.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Finn Juhl Modular Teak ‘Cresco’ Modular Shelving France & Son Danish, Denmark
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Finn Juhl modular teak ‘Cresco’ modular shelving France & Son Danish, Denmark. Finn Juhl Cresco teak wall unit/room divider of two cabinets with doors, four open cabinets with a...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Mogens Koch Teakwood Bookcase System
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Mogens Koch bookcase system in solid teakwood. 3 cabinets, 5 shelves, 4 1/3 shelves. Manufactured under license in Denmark by Rud. Rasmussen, approx. 1960. Mogens Koch drew the first...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Scandinavian Oak Freestanding Book Shelf/Crib 1950s-1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Freestanding oak shelf or book cradle to place on your table, desk, bench or wherever you prefer to have your books or magazines. Scandinavian design from circa 1950s-1960s. The crad...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Two-Piece Danish Modern Teak Display China Hutch Cabinet by Brouer Møbelfabrik
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Exceptional two-piece bookcase cabinet hutch with carved teak pulls by Brouer Møbelfabrik. The craftsmanship is exquisite and the original owner treated this piece like a jewel. It i...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Set of Six Bookcases in Pine by Rud Rasmussen, Danish Design, Midcentury, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
6 matching bookcases in solid pine, made by Rud. Rasmussen cabinetmakers in 1960s. Made in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

Axel Einar Hjorth "Funkis" Shelf in Oak for Nordiska Kompaniet Sweden, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare "Funkis" shelf by designed by Axel Einar Hjorth and produced by Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm, Sweden during the 1930s. Shelf is made out of stained oak and in good vintage co...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

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

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Oak

Il Padrino, Scandinavian Bookcase in Stained Oak with Brass Décor
Located in Copenhagen, DK
With the symmetrical appearance of a classic square, the unique handmade Il Padrino bookcase provides an elegant display for your literature or other items. The use of natural materi...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

La Madrina, Scandinavian Bookcase or Nightstand in Stained Oak with Brass Décor
Located in Copenhagen, DK
With the symmetrical appearance of a classic square, the unique handmade La Madrina bookcase provides an elegant display for your literature or small decorative items, or to use as a...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

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 Nový Domov company in the former Czechoslovakia. Features a simple design, a gla...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

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 bo...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Teak Bookshelf with Glass Door Cabinet, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Helsinki, FI
This vintage modern Swedish teak bookshelf features stylish midcentury construction, shelf space, glass door cabinet for display and a cabinet for storage. Made in Sweden, great cond...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Wood, Teak

Axel Einar Hjorth, 'Lovö' Bookcase, Acid Stained Pine, Executed by NK in 1939
Located in DE
A Nordiska Kompaniet bookcase, designed by Axel Einar Hjorth in 1932. This model has been executed in 1939 and is a 'new drawing' of the Lovö bookshelf by Axel Einar Hjorth from 193...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Pine

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

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Wood

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

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Wood

Large White Montana Module with Drawers and 18 Smaller Shelves, Designed by Pete
Located in Lejre, DK
Large white Montana module with drawers and 18 smaller shelves, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Pair of Small White Montana Modules Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
A pair of small white Montana modules designed by Peter J. Lassen, in great condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

White Montana Module with Glass Doors
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with glass doors. We have 3 pieces in stock.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Bookcase in Rosewood of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Bookcase in rosewood of Danish design from the 1960s. The bookcase is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

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

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Wood

White Montana Module Designed by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with 3 drawers, 2 shelves and 2 rooms with a glass and regular door, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

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

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Wood

White Montana Module with 6 Drawers and Two Larger Rooms by Peter J. Lassen
Located in Lejre, DK
White Montana module with 6 drawers and two larger rooms, designed by Peter J. Lassen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

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

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Wood

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

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Wood

Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik Wall-Mounted Shelving Unit in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik, wall-mounted shelving unit, teak, Denmark, circa 1955. This large 5.2mt/17ft wall unit was designed by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen. T...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Mogens Koch a Set of Four Bookcases for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch four wall-mounted bookcases in walnut. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Wall Mounted Oak Bookcase by Hans J. Wegner
Located in Madrid, ES
Midcentury oiled oak wall mounted shelve designed by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner in 1950s. Marked by manufacturer.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Oak