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Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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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Danish Black Wool Sculpted Rya Rug
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage rectangular 100% black wool sculpted rya rug produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Early Shelf in Birch by Alvar Aalto for Aalto Möbler, Hedemora, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
During the 1940´s Alvar Aalto had a production of his furniture in Hedemora, Sweden. This beautiful shelf is from that period. It comes with original wall mounts but can be mounted w...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Birch

Pair of Ceramic Blue Flower Wall Plaque by Irma Yourstone for Upsala Ekeby
Located in Barcelona, ES
A pair of glazed ceramic flower wall plaques, made by ceramist Irma Yourstone for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

New Scandinavian Design Handwoven Flat Rug Kilim, size 6ft 6in x 9ft 10in
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful new Kilim with geometrical Scandinavian design and light colors, entirely handwoven with wool on cotton foundation.
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2010s Indian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Rya 'Scala' by Hojer Eksport Wilton
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first to walk on i...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Nice Little Vintage Scandinavian Kilim
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful little Kilim with a geometrical design and nice colors, entirely handwoven with wool on cotton.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Arne Aspelin, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, Mid 20th C
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Aspelin (1911-1990), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. Mid 20th century. The canvas measures: 65 x 25 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Contemporary Shelf Library H1852 Single Section
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Shelf library is a continuation of the recognised shelf design by Frama. Fastened with solid steel screws on oak rails, the shelves can easily be placed and re-styled in a variety of...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Stainless Steel

Eight Zodiac Relief Signs, Artificial Stone, c. 1940
Located in Stockholm, SE
Eight (8) cast zodiac artificial stone reliefs, c. 1940-1950 by sculptor Manne Östlund (1904-1957) The can be sold separately.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Zodiac Artificial Stone Relif Sign of Scorpio, c. 1940
Located in Stockholm, SE
A cast zodiac artificial stone relief of Scorpio c. 1940-1950 by Manne Östlund (1904-1957)   
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Oil Painting by Harry Booström, Sweden, 1967
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oil painting by Swedish painter Harry Booström. Abstract Maritime picture depicting an ocean view. Sweden, 1967. Original frame in teak wood. Very good condition without remarks.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak, Masonite, Paint

Wall Plaque Designed by Toini Muona for Arabia, Finland, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Wall plaque designed by Toini Muona for Arabia, Finland, 1950s. Measures: H 30 cm/ 12'' L 40 cm/ 15 3/4''.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Gösta Fougstedt, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Composition, 1965
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Fougstedt (1906-1975), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist composition. Dated 1965. The canvas measures: 81 x 54 cm. The frame measures: 0.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Lithography in Blue Colors by Jack Kampmann
By Jack Kampmann
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Jack Kampmann (1914-1989): Color Lithographic printing on paper. Sign .: Jack Kampmann 1977th Number - 269/300. Framed with glass Measure: Width 71.5 cm, height 65.5 cm Jack ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Painting "Reflection in the river"
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame: Height 60 cm / width 80 cm Image: Height 47 cm / width 67 cm.
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Wood

Drawing by Wilhelm Kage
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This study of nudes, an original drawing in pen and ink and wash, was completed by Kage in 1945. Though best known as one of Sweden's greatest ceramists, Wilhelm Kage (1889-1960) beg...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

12 Month Wall Plaques by Bjorn Wiinblad
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A complete set of 12 beautiful red and white wall plates, designed by Bjorn Wiinblad for Nymolle Denmark, 1970s. Each of these plaques represents a month. They display the charmi...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Abstract Composition by Danish Artist Richard Mortensen, Signed and Numbered
By Richard Mortensen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pink, peach and blue abstract composition by listed Danish artist Richard Mortensen. This piece is framed, signed and numbered.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Gösta Asp, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Winter Landscape, 1961
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Asp (1910-1986), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract winter landscape. Dated 1961. The canvas measures: 40 x 32.5 cm. The frame measures: 3.5 cm. Signed. In excellent condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

"Stream in the Meadow" Painting
Located in Chorzów, PL
Dimensions: Frame height 46.5 cm, width 36.5 cm Picture height 37 cm, width 27 cm.
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1940s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Wood

Poul Cadovius Cado Royal Wall Unit in Teak
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful, large Poul Cadovius Roayal wall unit in teak, circa 1960 made in Denmark. This set includes the hard to find magazine holder and large desk shelf. We have other units and ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak

Op-Art Round Rya Black and White Rug Wall Hanging Carpet, 1960s, Sweden
Located in Antwerp, BE
Scandinavian Rya rug designed in the 1960s circular rug by Højer Eksport Wilton modernist round rug in wool and hand knotted. Black and white stripes with blue tufted accents. Dimens...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Cubist Modern Portrait of a Young Naked Woman by William Scharff, Paris, 1921
Located in Aabenraa, DK
Cubist modern portrait of a young naked woman Signed William Scharff, Paris 1921, oil on paper on canvas William Scharff was one of the leading figures in Danish modernism Measure...
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Gösta Falck Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Still Life with Flowers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Falck (1920-2006) Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist still life with flowers, 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Birger Kaipiainen, Arabia Finland Hanging Art Platter with Decoration, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Spectacular Royal blue "Florence" Fine art wall plate by acclaimed Finnish ceramic artist Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988) for Arabia Finland. Designed and manufactured in the 1950s. Re...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic, Earthenware, Faience

OpArt Danish Rya Bullseye Rug
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage square Danish Rya rug, 100% wool, produced in the 1960's but never used. Has been kept rolled and wrapped in storage for over 50 years. Your feet will be the very first to ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Yellow Plastic Wall or Ceiling Panels from a 1970s Swiss Bank
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
We bought a large quantity of these very high quality cast plastic panels from a Swiss bank which was being totally refurbished. These panels were covering the ceiling and walls thro...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Plastic

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 Wall Decorations

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Oak

Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs “Välipala” Shelf System, Finland, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This “Välipala” shelf is, for a lack of better words, stunning. The versatile modular system is eye-catching for its unique, architectural design, and for its quality materials and t...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wood

Swedish Rya Rug
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage 1960s wool Rya rug in vibrant yellow, orange and brown abstract design. Expertly woven. Very clean. Ready to place. Actual dimensions: 11'9" x 7'10", 12' x 8'.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Rya Dania Taepper Abstract Bullseye in Blues Square
Located in Hingham, MA
Deep dense 100% wool shag pile square rya rug produced in Denmark circa 1965 by Dania Taepper in an abstract collage of contrasting blues. Measures: 98" x 98" This vintage rug has...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Bjørn Wiinblad Unique Wall Decorations / Candle Sconces in Hand Painted Faience
Located in Odense, DK
Faience wall plaques decorated in polychrome colors. Unique artworks made by Bjørn Wiinblad in his own studio in 1976. The pieces are made in the style of old shaving dishes and the ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Faience

Wall Elements in Dark and Light Green Designed by Verner Panton for Visiona2
By Horlacher, Verner Panton
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
During a buying trip to Switzerland some years ago, we were fortunate enough to acquire a number of these panels, designed by Verner Panton for the Visiona2 exhibition in 1969-1970. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Plastic

Maija Kolsi-Mäkelä, for Helmi Vuorelma / Täkänä Tapestry, Wall Carpet
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Maija Kolsi-Mäkelä, (Finnish weaver) for Helmi Vuorelma / TÄKÄNÄ Tapestry. Handwoven "HEDELMÅ wall carpet decorated with fruits in strong colors. Designed in 1959. In very good con...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

Thorvald Hagedorn-Olsen, Danish Painter, Modernist Landscape
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Thorvald Hagedorn-Olsen (1902-1996). Danish painter. Modernist landscape. Oil on canvas, 1940s-1950s. Signed. In very good condition. Measures: 78 x 51.5 cm.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Ten Wall-Mounted Candle Holders by Pierre Forsell, Sweden 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Pierre Forsell & Skultuna - Scandinavian Modern Design A beautiful and decorative set of 10 wall-mounted candleholders, Pendal no 71, by Pierre Forsell. Made by Skultuna, Swede...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Earthy Colored Framed Wall Tapestry by Riitta-Maija Oksanen, Finland, 1970s
By Helmi Vuorelma Oy
Located in Barcelona, ES
Framed wall tapestry made by Finnish artist Riitta-Maija Oksanen for Helmi Vuorelma OY. Jute, straw and wool used creating a minimalistic 3-dimensional work. Eggshell white painted w...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool, Jute, Straw

Contemporary Shelf Library H1148 Single Section
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Shelf library is a continuation of the recognised shelf design by Frama. Fastened with solid steel screws on oak rails, the shelves can easily be placed and re-styled in a variety of...
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Stainless Steel

1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden wall shelf was made in Denmark, circa 1960. With its simple, rectangular silhouette and smooth, polished wood, it offers the warmth and functionality of Danish modern des...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak

Oil Painting by G. Svensson 1934
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish oil painting by G. Svensson dated April 17th 1934. Color in photos are not accurate. Colors are wonderful.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Gorgeous Scandinavian Landscape Tapestry by Christina Knall.
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian tapestry by Christina Knall, Origin: Scandinavia, circa date: Mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft 10 in x 5 ft (1.17 m x 1.52 m)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

Materials

Wool

1963 Bengt Berglund Porcelain Enamel Abstract Wall Hanging
Located in Garnerville, NY
Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg, Sweden enamel wall hanging. Signed and dated on reverse, Gustavsberg 63 and front lower left corner. Green background with blue and white abstracted s...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal, Enamel, Steel

1960s Bentwood Drawing Rack by Alvar Aalto for Artek
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon birch bentwood drawing rack with four pairs of hooks.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Birch

Scandinavian Modern Teak Wall Unit
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive freestanding teak modular wall unit providing multiple storage and configuration options. The three base and upper cabinets can be arranged as shown or as individual stand...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak

1958 Danish Teak Cado Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Highly versatile and functional Cado wall unit in walnut by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. Wall unit is in excellent condition. Each support rail is 78" long and each cabinet an...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak

Per Thorlin 'B. 1923', Norway, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Thorlin (b. 1923), Norway. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape, 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 5.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Unique Relief in Glass and Metal by Erik Höglund, Boda, Sweden
Located in Goteborg, SE
Window decoration relief in metal and glass by the Swedish artist Erik Höglund. The center glass piece with a bull is very typical for the art of Erik Höglund. The piece is unique.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

Hans Krondahl "Lillies" Tapestry. Size: 3 ft 5 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.04 m x 1.98 m)
By Hans Krondahl
Located in New York, NY
Vintage tapestry by Hans Krondahl, mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft 5 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.04 m x 1.98 m).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool, Linen

Sculptural Kukkii Shelf in Walnut by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Kukkii (blooms) is a unique collection of slender-stemmed, wooden flowers and plants which, variously grouped, capture the moment of calm and freedom sometimes experienced in nature....
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Walnut

Abstract Oil on Paper Painting by Bertil Berntsson, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare painting by Bertil Berntsson who was a Swedish painter active in the 1950s to 1980s. Beautiful little piece framed in a pine frame and signed with his name in the bottom right c...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Vintage Scandinavian Tapestry Rug by Eevahenna Aalto. Size: 3' 5" x 4' 6"
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Norwegian Tapestry Rug by Eevahenna Aalto, Country Of Origin: Norway, Circa date: Mid 20th Century. Size: 3 ft 5 in x 4 ft 6 in (1.04 m x 1.37 m)
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Colorful Vintage Swedish Wall Hanging
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vivid wall hanging from 1960's Sweden of forest on tomato red/orange red ground. Silk screened on burlap. "Old New Stock" from a department store in Sweden that went out of busines...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Fabric

Contemporary Atelier Shelf Trio
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The Atelier Shelf was designed to embody simplicity and openness and to inspire spatial serenity through the use of strong geometries and warm natural materials. The shelves can be c...
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2010s Lithuanian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Spruce

Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Bertil Berntsson, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare abstract oil on canvas painting by the Swedish artist Bertil Berntsson made in 1964. In good vintage condition with small signs of use. Framed in a pine frame. 129 x 120 x 2 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Pine

Sculptural Kukkii Shelf in Black Stained Oak by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Kukkii (blooms) is a unique collection of slender-stemmed, wooden flowers and plants which, variously grouped, capture the moment of calm and freedom sometimes experienced in nature....
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Oak

Marta Måås Fjetterström Wall Tapestry #7
Located in London, GB
A vintage mid-20th century handwoven textile from Marta Måås Fjetterström workshop in Båstad, Sweden. Three stylized flowers or female figures occupy the centre of the composition...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Sven Markelius "Pythagoras" for Knoll Textiles Drapery Panel
Located in Hingham, MA
Sven Markelius (1889-1970), Pythagoras drapery panel produced in 1952 by Ljungberg's Textile AB, Sweden for Knoll Associates, New York, NY. Overall dimensions are 77 inches high by ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Linen

Ceramic Wall Sculpture, Loop series: Numbered and signed by artist
By Erin Turkoglu
Located in Helsinki, FI
Loop series Extruded ceramics 2020-2021 The piece is hand-built from two-tone extrusions layer by layer. Extrusion sculpture series plays with the idea of contrasts in clay: Pin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic