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Scandinavian Modern Chairs

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

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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Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu Set of Four 'Pirkka' Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, 'Pirkka' dining chairs, beech, pine, Finland, design 1955 This set of ‘Pirkka’ chairs by Finish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara was designed in the l...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Beech, Pine

Sven Ellekaer for Coja Leather Lounge Chair, Denmark, 1960's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wooden lounge chair with dark brown leather cushions. In good original condition.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner cushions for wishbone chair model CH24. Made in cognac pure aniline leather and good quality foam. Only the cushion, not the chair.
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Gilbert Marklund, Dining Chair Set in Pine, 1970 by Furusnickarn AB, Sweden
Located in Munster, NRW
Very rare dining set, designed in 1970 by Gilbert marklund for Furusnickarn AB, Sweden - constructed entirely of pine. (This offer includes all 4 chairs) The carpentry art here ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

6 Vamdrup Stolefabrik Scandinavian Modern Teak Blue Dining Chairs Style Eva Chai
Located in Topeka, KS
Magnificent set of 6 vintage Vamdrup Stolefabrik Scandinavian Modern teak & blue hopsack fabric dining chairs in the style of the Eva chair by Niels Koefoed. Beautiful condition, kee...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Pair of Leather Armchairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Finland 1950s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Pair of Leather Armchairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara for La Permanente Cantu from Finland 1950s. The structure of the chairs is in wood in leather straps with upholstered seats and backres...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Jacob Kielland-Brandt Sculptural Chair in Solid Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jacob Kielland-Brandt, chair, solid pine, Denmark, 1960s This remarkable chair designed by Jacob Kielland-Brandt holds a strong expression. The backrest has an organically looking...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Nanna Ditzel High Chair with Nameplate by Carl Hansen, Denmark
Located in Utrecht, NL
Nanna Ditzel’s ND54 high chair, originally designed in 1954, is a beautiful and enduring piece of design, adaptable to the needs of growing children. Minimalist and sturdy, the FSC™-...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Beech

Scandinavian Modern Carl Malmsten ”Lata Greven” Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Scandinavian modern ”Lata Greven” chair designed by Carl Malmsten during the mid 20th century, 1953. Produced by O.H Sjögren. The name translates to the ”lazy count” and is a classy ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

Scandinavian Chair in Pine by Edvin Helseth in 1964 for Trybo Furniture, Norway
Located in Munster, NRW
Dining chair in massive pine by Edvin Helseth, 1964 for Trybo Furniture. Made in Norway. The "Trybo" series was designed in 1964 for the "Trysil-cabin" (Trysil is a Norwegian ski-...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Teak Dining Chairs
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This set of 8 Classic vintage danish modern dining chairs have teak back splats and stained beechwood frames. Joints are solid and seats have been re-upholstered in a Classic black p...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Beech, Teak

1960s Danish Modern Teak Accent Chair
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden armchair with an upholstered seat and back was made in Denmark, circa 1960. The armchair displays the clean lines and fine craftsmanship of the Danish modern style. A-sha...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Early Modern Side Chair in Patinated Mahogany in Style of Fritz Hansen, Denmark.
Located in Odense, DK
Charming side chair from around 1900. The chair is made from solid mahogany with a stunning patina. In the style of Martin Nyrop, Fritz Hansen and other early Danish Modernism. Great...
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of 12, Danish Modern Dining Chairs in Pine and Leather, by Knud Færch, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
Danish mid-century dining chairs in pine and leather, made by Knud Færch for Sorø Møbelfabrik in 1970s, set of 12. The set is in a overall great vintage condition. The wooden fra...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Pine

Chaise Tulipe, Tulip Chair, Saarinen and Knoll, Non Pivotante
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) and Knoll International The tulip chair was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955-1956 for the Knoll Company of New York City. Chaise modèle Tulipe Chair m...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Mogens Koch Pair of Folding Chairs for Rud. Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch pair of folding chairs in oak and leather. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Am Møbler Denmark Set of Six Chairs, Teak and Tweed, from the 70s'
Located in London, GB
Set of six chairs by AM Møbler Denmark from the 70s'. The chairs are made with teak and tweed on seating parts.
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Poul Kjaerholm PK9 Chairs, Vintage Red Leather Upholstered, Set of 6
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of six Poul Kjaerholm chairs, upholstered in leather and matte chrome plated steel, manufactured by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Kaare Klint, Barcelona Armchair, Red Leather and Cuban Mahogany, Denmark, 1950s
Located in DE
"The Red Chair" by Kaare Klint. Designed in 1927, executed in the 1950s by Rud. Rasmussen in Copenhagen. Signed with manufacturer#s label to the frame. Cuban mahogany, red leather an...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Dining Chairs by Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Set of striking dining chairs by Henning Kjærnulf, made of oak and new upholstered with black aniline leather. Refreshing design with bold Baroque coming together nicely with mid...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Set of Four Danish Mid Century Dining Chairs in Rosewood Attributed to AM Mobler
Located in New York, NY
Slick and sophisticated set of rosewood dining chairs, made in Denmark, attributed to AM Mobler. Clean, original condition, ready to use. Measures: Seat Height 17 inches.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Rosewood

Rare Blue Chair by Nanna Ditzel for Domus Danica, Denmark, 1969
Located in Haderslev, DK
Playful, Space Age and super rare collectors piece by Nanna Ditzel for OD Møbler / Domus Danica 1969. Light high glossy blue fibre glass designed chair for use indoor or outdoor. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

N. O. Møller Set of Armchairs
Located in Esbjerg, DK
N. O. Møller set of armchairs with frame of solid oiled teak. Seat with weaved wool. Model 56, made by J. L. Møller, Denmark, 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Børge Mogensen Model 3233 Oak Armchair by Fredericia Stolefabric, Denmark
Located in Voorburg, NL
Solid and stylish oak armchair from the 1960s designed by Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrik of Denmark. Clean open profile with a solid oak frame. Overall excellent condition...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Oak, Upholstery

Easy Chair in Beech by Yngve Ekström for Swedese model Lamino, Sweden
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice easy chair by Yngve Ekström model Lamino from Sweden. The chair has a typical Scandinavian design and is executed in beech wood and red fabric. The design is from 1956, however,...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Beech

1960s Refinished Danish Erik Buch Armchair in Oak, Inc. Reupholstery
Located in Knebel, DK
Elegant yet solid Erik Buch armchairs model 50 with excellent woodwork that are evidence of good design and craftsmanship. A solid oak construction with Erik Buch's characteristic...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Ole Wanscher Pair of Rosewood Armchairs for A. J. Iversen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ole Wanscher pair of armchairs in Rosewood and black horsehair. Executed by A. J. Iversen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Set of Four Swedish Chairs in Pine by Torsten Claeson, 1930s
Located in Karlstad, SE
A set of four very rare chairs in pine by Torsten Claeson, Sweden. The chair was presented in 1939 at the Röhsska Museum as "sports cottage furniture" a type of furniture that became...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Pine

Great Couple of Design Chairs
Located in London, GB
Great Italian 1940s chairs in wood, with cotton covering in perfect conditions.
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1940s Italian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Kolho a Unique and Colorful Scandinavian Serpent like Chair
Located in Halikko, Finland
With Matthew Day Jackson "Kolho is a series of tables and chairs formed of right angles and serpentine forms. It is inspired by Apollo landing and a small town called Kolho in Fin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Plywood

Arne Jacobsen Dining Chair
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Arne Jacobsen dining chair new upholstered with cognac pure aniline leather. Base of powder coated steel tube. Model 3107 Syveren, made by Fritz Hansen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Oxblood Leather PK22 by Poul Kjærholm for E Kold Christensen
Located in Dronten, NL
Original PK 22 chair designed by Poul Kjærholm upholstered in beautiful oxblood red leather. E. Kold Christensen edition, the matte chrome frame embossed with EKC logo underneath th...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Kai Lyngfeldt-Larsen Pair of 1960s Danish Rosewood Side Chairs
Located in London, GB
Produced by Soren Willadsen, Denmark. Brazilian rosewood frame, seat reupholstered in Kvadrat Tonica wool fabric.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Rosewood

Laakso, Lightweight Modern Scandinavian Dining Chair in Ash
By Saku Sysiö
Located in Halikko, Finland
This modern Classic is designed by Saku Sysiö from Aivan Design and Innovation agency. The soft and organic shaped furniture with its U-shaped “valley” as backrest gives safe ground ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Ash

Harry Østergaard, four Chairs in Rosewood and Tan Aniline Leather, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Harry Østergaard four dining chairs in rosewood. New upholstered with tan aniline leather. Made by Randers Møbelfabrik, 1970s.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Rare PK27 Easy Chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1971
Located in Echt, NL
Impressive PK27 easy chair in excellent condition. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen These chairs were only produced for three years, between...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Suede, Bentwood, Plywood

Set of Four Sculptural Dining Chairs, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Excellent set of four sculptural walnut dining chairs.Upholstered in original print velvet.The chairs retain their original finish in fabulous vintage condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Swedish Easy Chair by Bruno Mathsson, Model "Eva" for Karl M, 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Mid century Swedish easy chair by Bruno Mathsson, model "Eva" for Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, 1960s. Solid birch frame with original woven seat and back. Few signs of wear, overall ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Armchairs Model 418 by Arne Vodder for Sibast, Denmark, 1960
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Pair of vintage Arne Vodder armchair for Sibast. Model 418 manufactured in Denmark. The chair has been reupholstered with a high-quality fabric in beige. Good restored condition wi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Dining Chairs in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kold Møbelfabrik, dining chairs model 71, teak, Denmark, 1959 These sculptural dining chairs are designed by the Dane Arne Hovmand-Olsen for Mogens Kol...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Early Fritz Hansen Armchair Model '1561' in Original Patinated Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Fritz Hansen, armchair model '1561', wood, patinated leather, brass, Denmark, designed in 1942 The appearance of this early Fritz Hansen armchair from 1942 is breathtaking. The wa...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Scandinavian Armchair in Stained Ash, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Scandinavian armchair from the 1960s in stained ash with new light grey upholstery to the seat. Good vintage condition with light ware consistent with age and use.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Ash

Pair of Stools in Ash Wood, Design by Eric Gizard, 100% Made in France
Located in Landivy, FR
Pair of 2 round stools in solid Ash wood Diameter: 40 cm / 15.75'' Weight: 5 kg / 11 lbs each Displaid price is for 2 stools Mon Petit Meuble Français provides exclusively 10...
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2010s European Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Ash

BM1 Chair by Borge Mogensen - Smoked Oak
By DK3
Located in Paris, FR
BMI Chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions : H78 x 44 x 51 cm (seat height 46cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak Paper cordel: – Natural – Bl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Oak

Hans J. Wegner Cushion for Wishbone Chair CH24
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Hans J. Wegner cushions for wishbone chair model CH24. Made in cognac boucle and good quality foam. Only the cushion, not the chair.
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2010s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Dining Chairs by Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Set of striking dining chairs by Henning Kjærnulf, made of oak and new upholstered with tan aniline leather. Refreshing design with bold Baroque coming together nicely with Mid-C...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Erik Buch Restored and Refinished Danish Teak Dining Chairs with Black Leather
Located in Knebel, DK
Six Erik Buch dining chairs made by Oddense Maskinsnedkeri. The chairs feature a solid teak frame and are as all of Erik Buchs chairs characterized by high-quality materials, soli...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Handcrafted One-Off English Oak Chair
Located in London, GB
One-Off English ebonised oak hand carved chair. A second iteration of this unique lounge chair by James Bowyer celebrating some of its Scandinavian ancestry with the seagrass woven...
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2010s English Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Oak

Skovby Møbelfabrik Set of Dining Chairs
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Skovby Møbelfabrik set of four dining chairs in partly solid rosewood. New upholstered with cognac aniline leather. Made in the 1960s.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Illum Wikkelsø Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Cane
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Illum Wikkelsø, lounge chairs, cane, mahogany, leather, Denmark, 1950s These easy chairs by Illum Wikkelsoø shows a beautiful combinations of materials and textures. The chairs' m...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Cane, Mahogany

Six Dining Room Chairs in Dark Polished Wood of Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Six dining room chairs in dark polished wood and upholstered with red fabric, of Danish design from the 1960s. The chairs are in great vintage condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of Eight Danish Dining Chairs in Indian Red Leather by Arne Jacobsen 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A set of 8 dining chairs, model 3107, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955, manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The chairs are in great condition, the Indian red leather is nice and warmly pa...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Metal

1960s Danish Wooden Upholstered Armchair
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden armchair with an upholstered seat and back was made in Denmark, circa 1960. Designed in the Danish modern style, the chair emphasizes function, comfort, and warmth. It fe...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Oak

Eero Saarinen & Knoll,"Tulip" 6 Tulip Chairs
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) & Knoll International Suite of 6 Tulip model chairs White lacquered fiberglass shell, swivel base in cast aluminum covered with white Rilsan. Orange r...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Set of 8 Danish Dining Chairs with Organic Wood Frames and Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of 8 Danish dining chairs, wood, fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1960s Danish Dining chairs designed in the 1960s. The wonderful T-shaped backrest has a strong expression. From the ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Mid-Century Sculptural Brutalist Norwegian Stump Chair in Solid Wood
Located in Odense, DK
Sculptural brutalist stump chair in solid wood, probably birch root. Handcrafted in Norway. Unusual shape and a decorative figure for the modern interior. Honorable mentions in...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

1940s Finnish Dining Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A dining chair in laminated birch with newly upholstered black leather seat and back.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Birch

Goma with Thomas Sandell, Unique Scandinavian Design Armchair
By Thomas Sandell
Located in Halikko, Finland
Goma armchair with Thomas Sandell. Thomas Sandell chief architect (Born 1959 in Jakobstad, Finland) Thomas Sandell founded Sandellsandberg Architects in 1995. He is an award-winn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Plywood