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Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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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Hans Bergström Five Arm Chandelier in Brass and Opal Glass, ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in The Hague, NL
This exceptional, rare five arm chandelier was designed by Hans Bergström and produced by ASEA in Sweden in the early 1950s. Brass stem, five arms and circular fittings with opaline ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Hans-Agne Jakobsson Carolin Ceiling Pendant
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare large ceiling pendant with new shade in cream/ivory white silk fabric on white lacquered metal mount. Model Carolin T549/6 in brass designed 1963 by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Lamp ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Sabina Grubbeson December Nysnö Limited Edition Table Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model December Nysnö with six arms designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. Limited edition painted by hand. The production of lamps, wall lights...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Steel

Henrik Tengler DK Table Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model DK designed by Henrik Tengler and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s technique...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Polished Copper Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' polished copper outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in raw polished copper. An incre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Copper

Swedish Designer, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A functionalist wall light / task light, designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. Features brass. Original fabric lampshade. Stated dimensions with lampshade attached as is illustr...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Itsu Bass Sconces with Opal Glass Shades, Finland, 1950's
By Itsu
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Itsu, wedge shaped polished brass with opal glass shades with a stepped shape. The sconces have been newly rewired with single standard base sockets for us in the USA. The br...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans Bergström Attributed Three Arm Chandelier in Brass, ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare three arm chandelier was produced by ASEA in Sweden in the early 1950s. Brass stem, three arms and fittings with matte opaline glass shades. The zigzag edges of the fitting...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Outdoor Sconce in Steel
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' outdoor sconce in steel. Executed in solid steel. An incredibly refined design that is quintessentially Scandinavian. For indoor or outdoor use....
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Konsthantverk Kant Black D55 Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Kant designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. Kant has a textile exterior ring that produces a slightly softer impression. Available in five...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Textile, Acrylic

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Polished Copper Outdoor Sconce
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' patinated copper outdoor sconce. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in richly patinated copper. An incredibl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Copper

Sabina Grubbeson KH#1 Black Wall Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model KH#1 designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techni...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass, Iron

Rare Bente Jessen Ceramic Wall lamp for BJ Ceramics Denmark, ca 1970s.
Located in Schagen, NL
Absolute stunning and rare wall lamp with great light effect. Made by Bente Jessen, BJ Denmark, who previously worked at Lovemose, Langeland. The lamp remains in wonderful condition....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Sabina Grubbeson Strapatz Table Lamp Designed by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model Strapatz designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' verdigris patinated outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in richly patinated metal. An incred...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Konsthantverk Bergsman Black Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Bergsman designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s tech...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' patinated outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in rich verdigris patination. An incredibly re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Swedish White Table Lamp from the 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction chromed surface laquered shade and base. Made in Sweden n the 1970s.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Stainless Steel

Sabina Grubbeson Rosdala Iron Smoked Glass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Rosdala designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s ...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Iron

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' patinated outdoor sconces. Executed in richly patinated verdigris. An incredibly refined design that is quintessentially Scandinavian. For indoor or out...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Twelve-Light Chandelier, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This marvellous, brass twelve-light chandelier was created in what we now call “the golden age of Scandinavian design”. Hans-Agne Jakobsson was the great Swedish master of lighting, ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Floor Lamp, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful floor lamp by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden, 1960, fabric shade with floral applications on an enameled metal base, wired for US standards, one E27 socket, max. ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Table Lamp by ASTRA
Located in Karlstad, SE
Table lamp produced by Norwegian manufacturer ASTRA circa 1950. This sculptural table lamp consists of a u-shaped brass rod, resting on a round brass base. The brass rod supports tw...
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20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Wilhelm Kåge Gustavsberg Argenta Green Stoneware Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Argenta" series table lamp, glazed stoneware, silver overlay (not polished), by Wilhelm Kåge in Gustavsberg, Sweden. Lamp shade can be included if desired, but is only shown for con...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Silver

Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Tratten' verdigris patinated outdoor sconces. Executed in richly patinated metal. An incredibly refined design that is quintessentially Scandinavian. For...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A gorgeous blanc de chine table lamp modelled in Salto's signature "budding style". Also displays beautifully as a tall vase. Made in 1940. Signed "Salto".
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Stoneware

Large Glass Wall Sconce by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large glass wall sconce / lamp, No. 5104, designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen for his own company; Holm Sørensen & Co. Golden, amber and light yellow colored glass, granting the l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Danish Brutalist Palm Leaf Pendant by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Danish Brutalist chain-suspended hanging lamp composed of acid-treated and torch-cut brass. This model, 'P6395', was designed by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen in the early 1960s. (Acid tr...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Hans Bergström Attributed Five Arm Chandelier in Brass, ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare five arm chandelier was produced by ASEA in Sweden in the early 1950s. Brass stem, five arms and fittings with matte opaline glass shades. The zigzag edges of the fittings ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish, Table Lamp, Brass, Rattan, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable table lamp / desk light, designed and produced in Sweden, circa 1930s. Assorted vintage rattan lampshade. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade, height includes socket.
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1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Scandinavian Pendant in Brass and Glass, Swedish Modern, 1940s
Located in Karlstad, SE
Elegant pendant in brass and blasted glass produced in Sweden. The frosted glass gives a beautiful and soft light. The lamp hangs from three brass chains that are fixed on a brass ...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Brass Wall Lamps / Wall Uplights by ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
By ASEA
Located in Stockholm, SE
Wall lamps produced in Sweden by ASEA Belysning. Made from polished brass. Large perforated shade. Adjustable in angle. Light switch on both lamps in working order. Can be used both ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pendant by Alvar Aalto for Valaistostyo
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant designed by Alvar Aalto to Valaistostyo Ky, Finland. Model A-203, Circa 1950th. Lacquered metal with brass elements. Stamped by manufacturer. Existing wires, rewiring avai...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Lighting by Alvar Aalto
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of rare, custom order flush mount lights designed by Alvar Aalto for Itsu, Model "AE-7055". Finland, circa 1950th. Lacquered metal. Stamped by manufacturer. Existing wires, re...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Sheet Metal

Table Lamp by Patrick Nordstrom, 1924
Located in Long Island City, NY
Patrick Nordström, table lamp, ceramic. A table lamp by Patrick Nordstrom (1870-1929), Sweden. Ceramics with brown glaze. Marked: 'NP ISLE 1924.' Made in his own workshop in Islev. ...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Earthenware

Gemelli Table Lamp
Located in Roma, IT
A minimal design with two rotational domes allowing the direction of the light, for direct or indirect lighting, as the user desires, providing sensations to daily life, home work, r...
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2010s Italian Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Danish Midcentury Table Lamp Handpainted Decor Studio Pottery by Kai Klinge 1960
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Mid-century ceramic table lamp by Danish painter and ceramist Kai Klinge (1925-2000). Made circa 1950s to 60s. The lamp is decorated with Kai Klinge´s typical matte glaze in brow...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Ceramic, Fabric

1970s White and Leather Olympic Floor Lamp by Anders Pehrson for Atelje Lyktan
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful with leather covered chrome floor lamp, model 'Olympic' by Anders Pehrson for Atelje Lyktan Åhus in Sweden with a white shade. This floor lamp consists two E14 / 17 screw ...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Chrome

1960's Pendant with Amber Glass Shades by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful three lights pendant with amber glas in combination with brass and teak designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Sweden. In allover good condition. Consists three screw fi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Glass

Olive Green & Light Blue Table Lamp Model DL/30 by Per Linnemann-Schmidt, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Danish chamotte (texture clay) table lamp with impressed decoration by Annelise and Per Linnemann-Schmidt for Palshus Denmark, 1960s. Palshus produced a wide range of table lamps,...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Clay

Midcentury Floor Lamp in Bamboo, Made in Denmark, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Floor lamp in bamboo. Designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Bamboo, Oak

Cobra Menorah Stainless Steel
Located in New York, NY
Celebrate Hanukkah with this stunning Scandinavian take on a menorah. Rising from an organic base, the candelabra branch out to display nine tapered candles. It makes a beautiful cen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Large Midcentury Opaline Pendant Lights from Denmark, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of three elegant pendants, opaline glass, Denmark, 1960s. The elegant shape and the diffuse light it spreads is very atmospheric. Completed with the opaline glass and patinated b...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
Scandinavian Modern turned teak table lamps with new wiring and shades, ready to enjoy.
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Teak

Tall Ceramic Table Lamp, by Rolf Tiemroth, Norway, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Tall ceramic table lamp handmade by Danish ceramist Rolf Tiemroth (1917-2009), during his time in Norway 1970s. Organic leaf / floral pattern, dark red to burnt orange and brown glaz...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Konsthantverk Black Table Lamp KH#1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp model KH#1 designed by Konsthantverk in 1926 and manufactured actually by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using crafts...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Konsthantverk Kant Brown D55 Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Kant designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. Kant has a textile exterior ring that produces a slightly softer impression. Available in five...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Textile, Acrylic

Verner Panton Chandelier in Metal and Mother-of-Pearl Pastilles Model FUN 7 DM
Located in Paris, FR
Chandelier FUN 7 DM by Verner Panton with mother-of-pearl disks suspended by metal chains. The lamp is fixed on a round base in white wood. The lighting is done by two bulbs hidden b...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Bowen, Mid-Century Modern Wood Veneer Chandelier with Scandinavian Style
Located in Bend, OR
Bowen is a Mid-Century Modern light fixture with an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a Danish design style. There...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Other

Yki Nummi 'Kupoli' Table Lamp for Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Yki Nummi 'Kupoli' table lamp for Innolux Oy. Designed in 1960, this simple and stylish table lamp fits into many surroundings. The name, which means cupola in Finnish, comes from it...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Long and Stylish Pair of Metal Table Lamps by Markslöjd Sweden 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great and uniqe designed pair of long metal lamps model nr 4008 by Markslöjd Sweden 1980s. Cylinder shaped chrome lamp body with an adjustable top head to adjust to the sides, down a...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Danish Designer, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Rattan, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A functionalist wall light / task light, designed and produced in Denmark, 1950s. Features brass. Assorted Vintage rattan lampshade. Dimensions variable.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Extra Large Glass Shaped Table Lamp with Custom Made Silk Lamp R Houben
Located in Rijssen, NL
A unique Minimalist timeless design. Each extra large glass table lamp features a green exceptional transparent shaped base with a solid walnut wooden foot with old brass accents and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Fog & Mørup, "Tulip" Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, Milk Glass, Denmark, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights model "Tulip". Produced by Fog & Mørup, Denmark, c. 1950s In brass, featuring its original milk glass diffusers.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Lights, Brass, Blue Lacquered Metal, Fabric, Sweden 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of two-armed wall lights. designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. Can also function as flush mount ceiling light. Stated dimensions with lampshades attached. Back plate ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair Danish Modern Large Porcelain Table Lamps, Hand Painted Sea Coastal Scenes
Located in New York, NY
Silvery grey and blue tones create a serene sea shore setting depicted in these hand painted custom lamps. The porcelain vessels are Royal Copenhagen, circa 1920 with custom made han...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Porcelain, Wood

Yki Nummi 'Modern Art' Table Lamp for Innolux Oy, Finland
Located in Glendale, CA
Yki Nummi 'Modern Art' table lamp for Innolux Oy, Finland. Designed in the 1955 for Stockmann-Orno, Nummi's iconic design is comprised of an opaline white acrylic conical shade that ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Acrylic

Midcentury Pair of Brass Floor Lamps Bergboms, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderfully designed floor lamps from Bergboms Sweden. Made in brass and cast iron. They were made in the 1960 with strict rounded lines in brass. These ones come with brand new Swed...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

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Brass