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Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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
Peter Hvidt 1940s Pair of Boucle Armchairs for Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Peter Hvidt. Model 1748 lounge chairs, circa 1940s. These elegant low-back lounge chairs were produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in the late 1940s by master designer Peter Hvi...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Arnold Madsen Sheepskin Clam Chair 1944
Located in London, GB
Arnold Madsen The Clam Chair, 1944 The Clam chair was first designed in 1944 in Copenhagen by Danish upholsterer Arnold Madsen. In 1945 Arnold founded the furniture company Mad...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wool, Bouclé, Beech, Oak, Walnut

Unio Armchair by Poiat
Located in Helsinki, FI
The Unio Collection, an easy chair and sofas, was born out of Poiat’s designers interest in studying the relationship of wood and soft furniture. From the very beginning, the idea wa...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Ash, Plywood

Minimalist Counter Stool in Solid White Oak by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
An instant Classic with a contemporary turned legs and a faceted top for comfort, this minimal counter height stool will Stand the test of time and only get better with age. A light ...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Danish Modern Style White Wood 27" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian modern chandelier pendant is a contemporary lighting fixture in wood veneer with a Mid Century Modern design style and an organic modern feel. There are many luxury...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Märta Blomstedt Sofa, Finland, 1940s
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare sofa was designed by Märta Blomstedt and produced in Finland in the 1940s. The sofa has been fully reconditioned and newly upholstered in a white bouclé fabric. One of the...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Birch, Bouclé

Pair of Original Hans Olsen for Frem Røjle Danish Teak Bikini Chairs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Not only are these Hans Olsen Bikini chairs in beautiful condition, but they proudly sport their original green fabric. We took these chairs into our shop for a full detailing and on...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Vintage Scandinavian MidCentury Modern Dining Table with Chrome Metal Tulip Leg.
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This round dining table was made in Scandinavia during the 1970s. The table top is made of fiberglass, lacquered white. The base is a metal tulip leg. The table is for 5 persons. ...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Vintage Scandinavian Modern Leather Sofa by C.E. Johansson for Bejra Möbel
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Böja three-seater sofa was designed by Carl-Erik Johansson for the Swedish manufacture Bejra Möbel during the 1960s. The organically shaped frame with contoured armrests is made...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Minimal White Oak Bench 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 Furniture

Materials

Oak

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 Furniture

Materials

Birch

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

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Maple, Oak

Hans Agne Jakobsson Wall Lights in Brass and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans-Agne Jakobsson, wall light, brass and opaline glass, Sweden, 1960s. Charming wall light executed in brass with an opaline glass shade designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. This sc...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

LUrod Indoor Outdoor Sconce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The stunning LUrod indoor outdoor sconce by Lumfardo Luminaires is a pure brass cylindrical wall sconce in a perforated unlacquered brass fixture. An all brass fixture, with illumina...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Swedish Lounge Chairs "Löven" by Arne Norell
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pair of lounge chairs model "Löven" by Arne Norell, 1960s. These chairs have a timeless classic design and, as with all Norell furniture, the construction quality is extremely high....
Category

20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Teak

Set of 4 Vintage Dining Chairs by Habeo, Germany 1960s
Located in Ranst, VAN
Beautiful set of four vintage dining chairs produced by Habeo, Germany 1960s. The seats have been reupholstered.
Category

1960s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Contemporary White Oak Dining Table by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
Carefully selected materials and refined proportions give the Lakeshore table an elegant, rational quality. Brass-pinned breadboard ends and quarter sawn white oak top are centuries-...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Minimal Black 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...
Category

2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Danish Upholstered Two-Seater Sofa with Beech Legs, Denmark ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This Danish-made freestanding sofa is characterized by the best qualities of Danish mid-century design; from the restrained aesthetic to the elegant pairing of materials, this two-se...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool, Linen, Wood

Mid-Century Danish Style Rya Area Shag Rug in Modern Wave Design
Located in Philadelphia, PA
We are proud to offer these brand new, finely crafted, high quality designer shag rugs. These are truly inspired by the classic Scandinavian rug designs of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The...
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool, Acrylic

Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak Dining Chairs by Kurt Østervig, 1960s, Set of 6
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This set of six modernist dinning chairs was created by Danish designer Kurt Østervig during the 1960s. The chairs were made of solid teak, with a visible structure and grain. This m...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swedish Scissor Chairs by Folke Ohlsson for Bodafors
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This Scissors armchair set of two was designed by Folke Ohlsson for the Swedish manufacturer Bodafors in 1962. It has a scissor oak frame with eight slats on the backrest. The loose ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Beautiful Vase Created by Swedish Ceramic Artist Claes Thell
Located in Stockholm, SE
A vase. Produced and designed by Claes Thell, in the Artist's studio, in Höganäs, Sweden. Stoneware. Glazed in different brown colors. Signed Thell. Exhibitions: Östasiatiska Muse...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

Bengt Ruda Rare "Ombord" Lounge Chair for Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This lounge chair model known as “Ombord” was designed by Ruda for the legendary company, Nordiska Kompaniet. NK was often the first to introduce new products on the Swedish market, ...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Scandinavian Black & White Patterned Birch Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This modernist sideboard was produced in Scandinavia during the 1960s. It was finished with birch wood with irregular, strong graining with visible swirls. The wood is finished in a ...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Birch

Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
Located in Berlin, DE
Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' dining chair. Designed 1927 Ash wood & Niger leather. Model 3758.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Ash

1950s Arm Chair "Razorblade" in Sheepskin by Henning Kjærnulff, Danish Modern
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage arm chair in solid patinated Scandinavian oak tree and sheepskin. This model was designed in the 1950s by Henning Kjærnulff, Denmark and it takes its name from the razor blad...
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

'Pan 190' Pendant Lamp by Bent Karlby for Lyfa
Located in Paris, FR
Pendant lamp pan / 190 by Lyfa Pendant lamp pan signed by Bent Karlby for Lyfa Polished aluminum D.190 mm H.320 mm Textile wire (white) 300cm Bulb: E27 max 60W (120-230V) ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Kai Ruokonen 'Finnmark' Floor Lamp for the Vaakuna Hotel, Orno 1970s
Located in Helsinki, FI
This lamp was designed originally for the Vaakuna Hotel in Helsinki in the 1970s. The same model was also used in Palace Hotel Helsinki.
Category

1970s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Danish Modern Mid Century Night Stands in Solid Pine, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
A pair of Scandinavian night stands / side tables in solid pine, made in Denmark, ca 1970s. The night stands are nicely patinated and in a good vintage condition. A fine brutal...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

'Divan 2', 400, Pendant Lamp in Stainless Steel by Lyfa
Located in Paris, FR
Divan 2, size 400, pendant lamp in stainless steel by LYFA Size : H 52.2cm W 40cm D 40cm Inside: Red, purple, blue, green, white Materials : Stainless steel Textile wire (bla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Custom Made Round Sheepskin Ottoman with Oak Ball Feet
Located in London, GB
Custom-made ottomans developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are upholstered in a warm grey sheepskin and feature oiled oa...
Category

2010s British Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Rainer Daumiller Solid Pine Stool, by Hirtshals Savvaerk, Danish Modern, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Highly decorative brutalist stool in solid pine. Designed by Rainer Daumiller for Hirthals Savværk, Denmark. 1970s. This modern stool will fit in many types of home decors. Perfe...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 3 Candleholder, Model L-95, Markaryd, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
A nice set of 2 brass and colored purple & green glass candleholder by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1950s. Purple glass has chip to the rim, but not visible when stuck on the brass h...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Delicate Danish Coffee Table in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Coffee table, walnut, laminated wood, Denmark, 1960s. This coffee table contains a white high-gloss laminated top, a solid walnut frame and fully resembles designs of the Danish d...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Mid Century Teak Danish Console Sofa Foyer Table
Located in Baltimore, MD
A handsome, sleek Danish Modern teak console, sofa table made in Denmark. Featuring a beautifully grained rectangular table top resting on a recessed sculpted base, creating a “float...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Jesper Ståhl Megafon 9 Round Raw Brass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Megafon 9 round designed by Jesper Ståhl and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsma...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vernor Panton Relaxer Rocking Chair in New Green Wool and Wood for Rosenthal
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Sculptural and iconic rocking lounge chair designed by Vernor Panton for Rosenthal Einrichtung Germany. Organically shaped and well proportioned in relation to stability. Solid beech...
Category

1970s German Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Tripod Stool in Solid Oak Wood, by Danish Cabinetmaker, Mid Century, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Beautiful patinated vintage tripod stool in solid oak. Made by an unknown Danish Cabinetmaker in 1950s. Finely hand carved legs and a comfortable seat. This modern stool will fit...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Finn Juhl for France & Søn 'Bwana' Ottoman in Teak and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for France & Søn, ottoman, model 'Bwana', teak, leather, Denmark, 1962. This "Bwana" ottoman is designed in 1962 by Finn Juhl. The Bwana features superb teak wooden det...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Teak

Swedish Grace Bawl by Thorild Knutsson
By Thorild Knutsson
Located in Long Island City, NY
Swedish Grace style pewter bawl by Thorild Knutsson, Granna 1931. Marked by manufacturer.
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pewter

Arne Hovmand-Olsen Bar Stools Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare bar stools designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen. Produced in Denmark. Price listed is / item.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Ib Kofod-Larsen Palomino Sheepskin & Walnut Reclining Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful reclining lounge chair and ottoman designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig freshly upholstered in hand sewn rich Oatmeal / Ivory Shearling. An early Mid Century Scandinavian ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Walnut

Viggo Boesen Style Lounge Chair Model No. 96 in Lambswool by N.a. Jørgensen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unique and just superb lounge chair with open armrests designed and made as Model 96 by N.A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik in 1954/55. N.A. Jørgensen is better known under the name Bramin M...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Frama Scandinavian Design Adam Stool Leather with Grey Steel Frame H65
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The Adam Stool collection is inspired by industrial design, an artist's studio, and a workshop. The functionality and simplicity of the design, combined with strong materials, give t...
Category

2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Organic Modern Wood Veneer 27" Chandelier
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement with this organic modern shade offered in several wood types. Modern lighting for alcove, entrywa...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

1970s Rare Elephant Dansk Animal Paperweight Silver Plated by Gunnar Cyren
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare set elephant silver plated Dansk paperweight, designed by Gunnar Cyren, circa 1970s nice condition a beautiful set, electroplated zinc.
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Late 20th Century Japanese Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Zinc

Arne Norell 'Ari' Lounge Chair with Ottoman in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Norell for Norell Møbel AB, 'Ari' lounge chair and ottoman, black leather, chrome-plated steel, Denmark, 1966 This lounge chair is designed by Arne Norell. This chair, model ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Piana Triptych Small
Located in Vandoma, PT
The Piana collection is one of Cacio's bestsellers, with Scandinavian inspiration, this line is available in several shades of oak ranging from lighter to darker tones. For greater p...
Category

2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Oak

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 Furniture

Materials

Iron

Slide Table 200cm with 2 Extensions of 50cm
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...
Category

2010s Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Iron

Hand Painted Vase with Lily of the Valley Motif
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Designed by Sven Jonson for Gustavsberg, of Sweden. From "Lagun" series. 1950's. Heavyweight sunset blue glaze with raised floral details in pewter/earth tones. Professional, ski...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Poul Henningsen Chrome and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen chrome and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and high luster chrome plated metal finish. The mouth-blown three-layer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Flowerpot Vp9 Portable Matt White Table Lamp from Verner Panton
Located in Lebanon, LB
The Flowerpot table lamp with a rounded pendant that hangs from the semi-domed upper shade, design of Verner Panton 1968. Slightly smaller in size than the table lamp version, and d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Dining Table POV 462, Solid Oak or Walnut, Round or Square, 150
Located in Paris, FR
Dining table POV 462 signed by TON & Kashkash studio Top shape: Round, square, or rounded square Top size: 120cm, 130cm,140cm, or 150cm Wood types: Solid oak or American ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Hans Agne-Jakobsson Moon Pendant Lamp in Pine Veneer Slats
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans Agne-Jakobsson for AB Markaryd, ‘Moon’ pendant lamp, pine veneer slats, 1960s. This particular ‘Moon’ lamp is designed by the renowned Swedish designer Hans Ange-Jakobsson. ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Pine

Scandinavian Tripod Wood Stool, Scandinavia ca 1950
Located in Utrecht, NL
Form and function collide in this stool, a piece of furniture that is often underestimated. Designers define stools as jewels and statements in a space, and taking practicality into ...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Sweden Miniature Boat Sculpture ‘Journey‘
Located in Delft, NL
RARE Kosta Boda ‘Bertil Vallien’ Mini Sculpture BOAT Art glass.Hard to find and very collectible.A wonderful simplistic small sculpture and display of spectral color. This has been d...
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

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