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Scandinavian Modern Barware

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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Scandinavian Modern Crystal Decanter by Strömbergshyttan, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Heavy Strömbergshyttan crystal decanter. Crafted of thick crystal with it's characteristic light blue hue. Superb fro storing your beloved Cognac or Whiskey. Capacity approx. 0.7 lit...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal

Bjorn Wiinblad Artist Line Porcelain Set for Rosenthal, 1970s, Set of 3
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Wiinblad Studio Line set consisting of ashtray/dish, candlestick and table lighter. Colorful and characteristic Wiinblad fantasy figurines. Manufactured by Rosenthal in Germany durin...
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1970s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Porcelain

Torsten Johansson Wine Rack by Ab Formträ in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Wine rack / bottle stand for small bottles designed by Torsten Johansson. Produced by AB Formträ in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Beech, Rosewood

Swedish Rosewood Wine Rack by Torsten Johanson
Located in Oaks, PA
Swedish rosewood wine rack by Torsten Johanson (1917-1996), Sweden. Expertly finished.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Pierre Forsell Decanter Produced by Skultuna in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Decanter designed by Pierre Forsell. Produced by Skultuna in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Solid Swedish Teak Tray Produced by Karl Holmberg, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Solid Swedish teak tray produced by Karl Holmberg i Götene AB. Marked by maker with sticker on the underside. Light ware consistent with age and use.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Silver Plated Cocktail Shaker by Folke Arström
Located in Stockholm, SE
Silver plated cocktail Shaker with bakelite lid by Folke Arström for GAB. Designed in 1935, it has perfect functionalist lines and proportions and makes a striking decorative piece.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Tinka Decanter Set with Five Glasses by A. D. Copier for Royal Leerdam Holland
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome clear crystal Tinka decanter set with decanter and five glasses designed by A. D. Copier for Royal Leerdam Holland. The decanter and five glasses are all in fabulous vintage...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal

Vintage Mid Century Teak “Congo” Ice Bucket by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern teak “Congo” ice bucket designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk, circa 1950. With a black liner, this piece is truly a sculpture. This piece pr...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Faience Decanter by Stig Lindberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
While the form of this decanter will be familiar to collectors of Stig Lindberg's influential line of late 1940s faiences, the painted glaze decoration on this particular piece, by S...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Faience

Designer Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver and Enamel Spoons Denmark, Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of six (6) Scandinavian Modern Danish Modern sterling silver, gold vermeil and enamel spoons by designer Anton Michelsen, circa early-20th century, Denmark. These bea...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

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Vermeil, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Teak Ice Bucket "Congo" by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
Located in Rochester, NY
Scandinavian Modern Teak ice bucket "Congo" designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk with orange red plastic liner. Signed with early edition mark of underside. Circa 1950's. Loo...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Vintage Large Dansk Congo Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century large Dansk Congo ice bucket in teak designed by Jens Quistgaard. This collectible piece is made of solid teak and includes the plastic black liner. Smaller version avail...
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1960s American Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Midcentury Serving Tray in Teak and Formica by Finn Juhl, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Serving tray, designed by Finn Juhl and made by Torben Orskov, Denmark. Great original condition.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Holland-America Line Silver Plated Ice Bucket, by Van Zwanenburg
Located in valatie, NY
Holland-America Line silver plated ice bucket with diamond crest, by V. Zwanenburg c1950. Probably made by Christophole for Zwanenburg. The bucket, with a captured ball swing handle ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Scandinavian Gin Decanter in Purple Sommerso Glass, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A modernist/Brutalist styled decanter for Gin or Vodka. It’s made from amethyst summerso glass. Notice that the tristand formation to the bottom matches the shape of the stopper. It’...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Blown Glass

Danish Modern Five Bottle Solid Rosewood Wall-Mounted Wine Racks
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare Danish modern, five bottle capacity, solid rosewood wine. The racks are easy to install and in great condition. Five racks are available and they are priced individually; buy ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Rosewood

Lot of Red Art Glass of Nine Drink Glasses, Vodka, Liqueur Glasses and Decanter
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lot of red art glass, nine drinking glasses, vodka, liqueur glasses and a decanter. Monica Bratt for Reijmyre, Swedish design, 1960s. Glass measuring 7-9 cm. Decanter measures 27.5...
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1960s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Mid Century Danish Modern Dansk Teak Ice Bucket by Quistgaard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Very cool teak ice bucket by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk. Plastic liner. Signed on bottom.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Danish Scandinavian Modern Blue Enamel and White Wicker Pitcher
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Dansk Kobenstyle Danish Scandinavian Modern turquoise blue enamel and white wicker wrapped handle pitcher, circa mid-20th century, Denmark. Dimensions: 3.63" x 5.25" x 7.13...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Dansk Teak Ice Bucket
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Dansk round ice bucket in teak. Plastic inner liner. Stamped bottom.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver and Glass Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern ice bucket. Tapering sides, flat rim, and curved corners. Well ovoid. A thick, substantial vessel with swing-mounted sterling silver handle comprising 2 ribbed bra...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sky Liquor Decanter With Steel Stopper Crystalline V: 145CL
Located in New York, NY
Part of the enjoyment of wine or spirits is beyond just taste: the beautiful color and aroma also play an important part. This beautiful crystal decanter with its ergonomic and sculp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal, Steel

Sky Food/Cocktail Sticks Stainless Steel, 6 Pcs
Located in New York, NY
A good eye for detail is what makes someone the perfect host, so elevate your party with these eye-catching stainless steel cocktail sticks. Use as a stylish way of serving charcuter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Steel

Sky Champagne/Wine Cooler Stainless Steel 7,5L
Located in New York, NY
With its organic, sculptural form, this minimalist stainless-steel cooler is the perfect way to keep your wine or champagne chilled to the perfect temperature. Large enough to hold t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Steel

Sky Wine Decanter Aerating Funnel W Filter Stainless Steel
Located in New York, NY
Attention to the finer details is a telling sign of a great host and using an aerator can enhance both the presentation and overall quality of wine. Use this stylish funnel to transf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Steel

Danish Teak Ice Bucket by Nissen
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century ice bucket in teak by Richard Nissen, Denmark. This piece displays a unique sculptural shape and contains an inner orange plastic liner.         
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Scandinavian Modern Rosewood Ice Bucket Designed by Jens Quistgaard
Located in London, GB
Scandinavian Modern rosewood ice bucket designed by Jens Quistgaard a master of sculptural paired back and beautifully simplistic forms. This rosewood ice bucket has had its wood sym...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Rosewood

ATAPCO Inox Stainless Steel Scandinavian Modern Ice Cooler Bucket, Denmark 1970
By Atapco
Located in Miami, FL
Danish modern inox stainless steel insulated cooler, ice bucket designed by ATAPCO and made in Denmark, 1970s. Inside with plastic liner and the lid has a teak knob. Marked at the ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cobalt Blue Viking Decanter and Cups, Ole Winther, Holmegaard Glasværk, 1962
By Ole Winther, Holmegaard
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Cobalt blue "Viking" series decanter and 4 cups. Designed by Ole Winther, Holmegaard Glasværk 1955. Produced in Denmark from 1962. Decanter with "Viking Head" seal. Height 22.5 cm,...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Rainbow Patinated Scandinavian Serving Tray in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A circular brass tray that has developed rainbow patina to its edge over the years. It was made during the 1960s by Cawa in Denmark in a style reminiscent of Josef Frank. It is suita...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Colorful Graphic Design Teak Cocktail Coasters Midcentury Palm Springs Vibe
Located in Washington, DC
Playful Danish design with a Southern California influence. Set of six.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Ice Bucket by Finn Juhl
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Scandinavian Modern ice bucket by Finn Juhl. Features dark grey anodized aluminum exterior and a wooden lid concealing an insulated black melamine interior. Made in Denmark, circa 19...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

Quistgaard For Dansk Teak Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Dansk Ice Bucket , early example with orange liner. Bears Dansk IHQ Denmark marking on verso, as shown. This example shows some cosmetic wear, normal and consistent with age. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Dansk Quistgaard Teak Ice Bucket
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Dansk teak ice bucket Mid-Century Modern. Dansk International Malaysia. Features matching lid and plastic waterproof interior. Item is original vintage unre...
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1970s Malaysian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Scandinavian Modern Teak ‘Congo’ Ice Bucket by Jens Quistgaard
Located in London, GB
A fine example of a Scandinavian Modern teak ice bucket designed by Jens Quistgaard, a master of the sculptural paired back and simplistic form. This teak ice bucket has had its wood...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Teak Ice Bucket 1960s Designed by AQ Scanlook
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a beautiful teak wooden ice bucket made around 1960. In Denmark and the design is from the designer AQScanlook. There is a plastic black container with a lid also m...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

1960s Knud Möller Sterling Silver and Steel Wine Opener W&S Sörensen, Denmark
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage 1960s modernist Knud Möller sterling silver and steel wine opener, W&S Sörensen, Denmark, 20th century with the style name Patricia.. Danish, this Mid-Century Modern wine Cor...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver, Steel

Scandinavian Danish Modern Ice Bucket or Wine Cooler, Denmark ca. 1960s
Located in New York, NY
A great Scandinavian Modern ice bucket, circa mid-20th century, Denmark. Ice bucket has a brown teak wood exterior, red plastic interior and a black metal lid with knob. A great piec...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Ice Bucket with Cane Handle Designed by Jacob E. Bang for Holmegaard, 1937
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Optical striped smoke colored ice bucket with "snail's ears" and cane handle. Stainless steel bottom grille. A stainless steel ice tong from the period can accompany the ice bucket. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Danish Modern Dansk Wine Carafe Designed by Gunnar Cyren
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful glass wine carafe decanter designed by Gunnar Cyren, circa 1960s in excellent condition never used with solid teak stopper.
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20th Century Thai Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass, Teak

Mid Century Dansk Items Salt and Pepper, Cake Server
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Carved whale bottle opener (sold)made from teak with brass as the opener. Salt and pepper is teak also with weighed metal bottoms for stability. Cake server has a black walnut handle...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak, Walnut

Vintage Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket for Dansk Designs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large staved teak ice bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs. White plastic liner. Stamped on the bottom with early maker's mark. Made in Denmark. In very good vintage condition...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Midcentury Frosted Glassware Cups Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Mugs IITTALA
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Vintage Scandinavian frosted glass cups, mugs with sassy handle done in frosted ice glass, style design of Tapio Wirkkala for IITTALA. Ultima Thule, Finland. No la...
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1980s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Arne Jacobsen for Stelton Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Shaker and Stir Spoon
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Arne Jacobsen for Stelton, circa 1967, made in Denmark. The Cylinda Line was awarded the ID-prize in 1967 by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and the International Design Awar...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

1960s Jens Quistgaard Danish Rosewood Ice Bucket by Wenge
Located in Knebel, DK
Jens Quistgaard wenge rare ice bucket in conical form, flared at the base, with integrated handle and carved lid. Branded mark on base “wenge/Dansk Designs/Denmark/JHQ/llsort". ...
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15th Century and Earlier Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Rosewood

Monumental Dansk Staved Teak Bucket Style Ice Bucket by Jens Quistgaard
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome and iconic staved teak ice bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. This is the monumental 19.25-inch-tall example. It is in outstanding vintage condition, circa 1950s-1960s. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic, Teak

Midcentury Serving Tray in Rosewood, Danish Modern, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Rosewood serving tray, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Rosewood

Large Quistgaard Danish Modern Teak Ice Bucket for Dansk Designs
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Large size teak ice bucket designed by Jens Quistgaard and made in Denmark by Dansk Designs. This solid teak bucket has a classic design and has a brightly colored orange plastic lin...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Wine Bottle Rack by Dansk
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A simple and sculptural teak bottle holder for up to ten bottles of wine or spirits.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Dish Vessel with Spoon
Located in New York, NY
A great Danish modern or Scandinavia Modern period condiments dish with spoon and lid, circa mid-20th century, Denmark. Condiments glass dish is a light smoked gray hue. Base and lid...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Hands by Carl Aubock
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A nickel plated brass drink stirrer in the form of a hand.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Danish Modern Teak 12 Bottle Wine Rack or Holder by Nissen Langaa
Located in San Diego, CA
Versatile solid birch 12 bottle wine rack by Nissen Langaa, circa 1980s with nine bottles on the bottom and three on top perfect for a small place.
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20th Century Italian Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Birch

Torun Bülow-Hübe necklace by Georg Jensen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare necklace designed by Torun Bülow-Hübe. Produced by Georg Jensen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Rock Crystal, Sterling Silver

Jens Quistgaard JHQ for Dansk Teak Tray, Denmark
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury 1960s Danish teak tray designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Excellent Condition Domestic Shipping is Complimentary Free for this Item
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Laurids Longborg Iron and Rattan Wrapped Iron Decanter Cradle
Located in Garnerville, NY
Elegant anthropomorphic (someone is attempting a sit up) rattan wrapped iron wine decanter by Laurids Longborg, circa 1950-1960. Very good condition. Wear commensurate with age and u...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Iron

Bjorn Wiinblad for Orrefors Decanters
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of Orrefors decanters designed by Bjorn Wiinblad and a single Steuben glass decanter, all signed.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Danish Modern Solid Teak 8 Bottle Capacity Folding Wine Rack
Located in San Diego, CA
Cool and practical 8 bottle capacity wine rack, folds for easy storage, circa 1970s well-done piece great design.
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20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Teak