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Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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
Chest of Drawers #480 for Odder by Aksel Kjersgaard in Oak, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Chest of drawers #480 for Odder by Aksel Kjersgaard in oak, Denmark 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak, Wood

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Birch Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-20th century Scandinavian birch chest of drawers, circa 1950. Stylish chest of drawers of small proportions, rounded top edges in the Art Deco taste, 2 short drawers over 2 lo...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Smaller Dresser with Two Drawers in Rosewood of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Smaller dresser with two drawers in rosewood of Danish design from the 1960s. The chest is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modernist Chest of Drawers No. U-453, by Jiří Jiroutek, Czechoslovak
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Modernist mahogany chest of drawers, model no. U-453, designed by Jirí Jiroutek for Interiér Praha. It was made in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. This model is associated wi...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Beech

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 Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Danish Modern Teak Vanity Dresser Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Interesting midcentury Danish modern flip top chest of drawers, having a flip up top surface which opens to reveal divided storage spaces, over three deep storage drawers. Selling in...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Vintage Danish Mid Century Modern Teak Entry Chest - Nightstand
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful scandinavian modern entry chest - side table in teak wood manufactured in Denmark in the 1960's. This exquisite case piece, recently imported from Europe to Cali...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Midcentury Style and Danish Design Wooden Chest of Drawers
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Scandinavian look and vintage design, for this chest of drawers with sober lines, refined and harmonious, composed of 3 drawers, nice work on carved wood handles. New item, never used.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Birch Chest of Drawers by Axel Larsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing functionalist chest of drawers by Axel Larsson, made in from birch with round darker wood knobs on the drawers. Clean lines, chunky square legs.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Slide Commode 3 Drawers
Located in Vandoma, PT
The combination of the black base of its pieces and oak veneer geometric patterns, give this collection a modern, elegant and timeless character. Modern and widely customizable wi...
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2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Iron

Pair of Contemporary Modern Teak Captain Style Dressers by D-Scan
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish pair of Campaign style dressers by D-Scan in their "Captain Line" feature rich teak finish with brass finish drawer pulls. Spacious drawers allow for plenty of bedroom o...
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1970s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Chest of Drawers in Teak of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Chest of drawers in teak of danish design from the 1960s. The chest is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Mid-20th Century Danish Small Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-20th century Danish small teak chest of drawers, circa 1960. 3 drawers fitted with brass looped handles. Rich colour and unusually for teak polished surface. Standing on ta...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Chest of Drawers in Teak with Four Drawers, of Danish Design from the 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Chest of drawers in teak with four drawers, of Danish design from the 1960s. The chest is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Weave Bedside Table, Ringvide, Birch/Oak Wood, Natural/Black Oil, Scandinavian
Located in Visby, SE
Weave bedside table Bedside table, made of solid birch wood and laminated birchveneér or solid oak wood and oak veneér. Modern yet classic, bold yet modest the bedside serves as a ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch, Oak

Danish Dressing Table in Navy Blue Leather and Red Lacquered Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dressing table, leather, glass, wood, Denmark, 1940s. With a dark blue leather surface with red lines this dressing table has a rare texture and appearance. The front with two stora...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather, Glass, 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 Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Bedside Table with Drawers in Teak of Danish Design by Pbj Furniture
By PBJ Møbler
Located in Lejre, DK
Bedside table with drawers in teak of Danish design manufactured by PBJ Furniture in the 1960s. The table is in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen Cabinet with Original Green Interior
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen for Seffle Möbelfabrik, cabinet with drawers, oak, brass, Denmark, design 1961 Danish designer couple Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen designed this cabin...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Near Pair of Danish 1970s Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Near pair of Danish 1970s teak chest of drawers. Near pair with slightly differing heights and depths. Each with 4 drawers and recessed solid wood handles. Standing on 4 tubular s...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Mahogany and Brass Chest of Drawers by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool mahogany chest of drawers by Josef Frank, with an amazing, playful silhouette. Elegant brass handles.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Aksel Kjersgaard Mirror & Shelve in Oak, Danish Modern Design, Model 166, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Fine mid century mirror and wall shelve with double drawer in oak. Designed by Aksel Kjersgaard for Odder furniture in 1960s, Denmark. Mirror stamped "Aksel Kjersgaard, Odder, made i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Weave Bedside Table, Ringvide, Birch/Oak Wood, Natural/Black Oil, Scandinavian
Located in Visby, SE
Weave bedside table Bedside table, made of solid birch wood and laminated birchveneér or solid oak wood and oak veneér. Modern yet classic, bold yet modest the bedside serves as a ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch, Oak

Arne Vodder Attributed Bureau Produced by N.C. Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bureau attributed to Arne Vodder. Produced by N.C Møbler in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Danish Rosewood Chest of Drawers, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Danish rosewood chest of drawers, Denmark, 1970s Very good condition, after professional renovation. Wood: rosewood Simensions: height: 48 cm, width: 100 cm, depth: 43 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Scandinavian Midcentury Modern Design Dark Wood Cabinet, 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Midcentury scandinavian darkwood cabinet with internal shelves and drawers adjustable in height, Denmark 1960s Please note that the item is original of the period and this shows n...
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1660s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Scandinavian Modern Chest of Drawers in Teak by "Trekanten", 1960's, Denmark
Located in The Hague, NL
Scandinavian modern period a short chest of three drawers in teak with lipped handles by Trekanten Mobler. Denmark, 1960s. A functional design where all the prominence falls on the ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Midcentury Chest of Drawers in Rosewood, Tile Top by Royal Copenhagen
Located in Lejre, DK
Chest of drawers in rosewood decorated with tiles by Royal Copenhagen. Designed by Severin Hansen and made by Haslev Furniture, Denmark. Great original condition, circa 1960.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Petite Danish Modern Oak Chest
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive Danish Modern three-drawer chest in stained oak veneer with turned, tapered legs and carved, inset square drawer pulls. Given its small size, it is suitable for entryway /...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Mid Century Large Danish Drawing Cabinet, Made in Pine and Beech, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century large Danish blueprint / drawing cabinet, made in pine and beech, 1960s. Contains four deep drawers, perfect suited for paintings. Provience; Danish designer John O...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Beech, Pine

Rare William Hinn Curved Chest of Drawers in Walnut with Skeletal Frame
Located in Buffalo, NY
Four-drawer chest by William Hinn for Urban Furniture Sweden, 1950s. Beautiful curved chest or dresser. This piece shows an exquisite organic and amorphic design. The wooden frame...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch, Walnut

Laska Dresser, Figured Walnut, Six Drawers, Brass Pulls, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Laska dresser is built in our Louisville, KY studio using premium hardwoods and thoughtfully selected wood veneers. This piece features custom veneered panels framed flush with s...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Oak Chest of Drawers by Børge Mogensen
Located in Madrid, ES
Oak commode, model “Øresund,” designed by Børge Mogensen. Front with four drawers of different sizes. Manufactured by Karl Andersson & Söner in Sweden.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Danish Midcentury Medium Size Chest of Drawers in Rosewood by Johs. Sorth
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful classic Danish midcentury dresser or chest of drawers made from rosewood probably circa 1960 by Bornholm Mobler and Designer Johannes Sorth (market on the back) Jewelry org...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen Cabinet with Original Orange Interior
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen for Seffle Möbelfabrik, cabinet with drawers, oak, brass, Denmark, design 1961 Danish designer couple Tove and Edvard Kindt-Larsen designed this cabin...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Small Danish Palisander. Three-Drawer Chest
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Small Palisander chest of drawers. 3 drawers with brass pulls. Manufactured by Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, 1960-1965. Untouched, perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Swedish Modern Pyramid Mahogany Chest of Drawers, ca 1940s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Swedish Modern chest of drawers in book matched Pyramid Mahogany from the 1940s. Very nice mahogany pattern on the frontside of the three equally sized drawers. Every drawer with two...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Arne Wahl Iversen Planter, Scandinavian Design, 1960s
Located in Lyon, FR
Planter made of teak by Arne Wahl Iversen Minor damage on the top (see photos).
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Scandinavian Mid Century Teak Three Drawer Chest of Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Three drawer teak chest on round black tapered legs with original brass hardware. A great piece to store your bedding or clothes. A handsome piece of furniture in any room.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Vintage Danish Mid-Century Rosewood Chest of Drawers Dresser by Kai Kristiansen
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful Scandinavian modern chest of drawers in Brazilian rosewood designed by Kai Kristiansen and manufactured by Feldballes Mobelfabrik in Denmark in the 1960's. This ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Chest of Drawers by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Long Island City, NY
A chest of drawers by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet, model "OK". With manufacturer label. Straight shape with rounded corners, five drawers with pewter knobs. Measures: Le...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fruitwood

Danish Modern Teak and Brass X-Form Chest
Located in Berkeley, CA
This Danish modern midcentury teak chest offers a stunning form! The chest holds a single drawer with brass half-moon pulls. A raised lip runs the sides. A phenomenal X-form base sup...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Vintage Palaset Palanox Modular Storage Box Set of 6, Yellow, Finland, 1972
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Palaset Palanox modular storage box set of 6, White, Yellow, Finland, 1972 Palaset Palanox, multicolored stackable boxes that allow you to build your own shelf, only produ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Small Danish Mid-20th Century Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Small Danish mid-20th century teak chest of drawers, circa 1960. Small 5-drawer chest of drawers. Fitted with contrasting light oak handles. Light veneer damage to 4th drawer (...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Ole Wanscher Chest of Drawers in Rosewood for A. J. Iversen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ole Wanscher chest of drawers in Brazilian rosewood, curved front with four profiled drawers. This example made 1950-1960s by master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen. Comes with key.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Swedish Grace Fruitwood Inlaid Rosewood Chest of Drawers, Circa 1930-40
Located in New York, NY
A fine Swedish Grace fruitwood inlaid rosewood chest of drawers, Circa 1930-40, the rectangular top with a leaf tip carved edge, the bombé form body with four shaped drawers elaborat...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Chest of drawers #1394 in Teak by Kai Kristiansen for Aksel Kjersgaard, Denmark
Located in Berlin, DE
Commode in teak by Designer: Kai Kristiansen and made by Aksel Kjersgaard.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Teak

Swedish Modern Bureau by Otto Schulz for Boet, 1940s
Located in Karlstad, SE
Very rare bureau by Otto Schulz for Boet, circa 1940. This bureau is covered in cream white vinyl attached with pearl nails, significant for the designer. The skewed front is made o...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Vintage Danish Mid Century Teak Dresser in the Manner or Arne Vodder
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful 1960's Scandinavian Modern teak chest of drawers dresser reminiscent of Arne Vodder's design. This exquisite piece, recently imported from Europe to California b...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Organic Birch Wood Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This modernist sideboard was made in Norway during the 1960s. The sideboard has been finished in two kinds of woods: not very popular birch and maple. Both types of wood have a uniqu...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Teak Chest of Drawers, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Teak chest of drawers Produced in Scandinavia in Denmark in the 1960s. Very good condition, after professional renovation. Dimensions: height: 106 cm, width: 124 cm, depth: 39 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Niels Clausen Rosewood Bedside Cabinet, circa 1960
Located in London, GB
Niels Clausen Rosewood bedside cabinet, circa 1960 Rosewood cabinet by Niels Clausen for NC Mobler, Odense, Denmark. Produced, circa 1960. Two drawers with scalloped pulls and ...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rosewood

Large Midcentury Modernist Tallboy Chest
Located in London, GB
Highly unusual and larger than its appearance tallboy chest of drawers. Idiosyncratic Modernist design from Denmark circa 1960. Extremely well made with lovely turned knobs and dovet...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Hardwood, Teak, Walnut

Teak Chest of Drawers Design by Poul Volther
Located in London, GB
A pair of 1960s teak chest of drawers design by Poul Volther for Munch Møbler of Slagelse, Denmark. Each with three drawers. Backs have marker's mark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Cabinet by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen for Willy Beck
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Cabinet with drawers by Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen. Executed by Willy Beck, Copenhagen, Denmark. Teak, Rosewood and Maple.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Maple, Rosewood, Teak

Danish Modern Oak Chest of Drawers by Hans J. Wegner Ry Mobler, 1956
Located in Munster, DE
Chest of drawers by Hans J. Wegner, made in Denmark 1956. The body is made with oak and drawers are veneered with teak, on oak runners. Fully restored condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak, Teak

Danish Mid Century Brutalist Chest of Drawers, Made in Solid Pine, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Low rectangular commode in solid pine and forged iron. Made in 1970s in Denmark. Unknown cabinetmaker. A great patina in good vintage condition. With a heavy focus on functiona...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Pine

Børge Mogensen Chest of Drawers in Oak
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Børge Mogensen chest of drawers in oak. Front with five drawers and handles of brass. Executed by P. Lauritzen & Son.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

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