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Scandinavian Modern Settees

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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Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in White Ashwood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Ash

Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in Walnut Wood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Walnut

Oxbend Bench, Entryway Seat in Black Charcoal Ashwood by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This entryway bench, designed by Justin Nelson for Fernweh Woodworking, evolved out of the Oxbend dining chair, leading also to a matching bar stool. The Oxbend Collection was born f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Ash

Søren Hansen, Two-Seat Sofa Model 2240 for Fritz Hansen, 1939
Located in Paris, FR
Beech two-seat sofa, model 2240, designed by Søren Hansen in 1939 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen. Original piece newly re-upholstered in a light grey velvet fabric from the Kva...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Upholstery, Velvet, Beech

Sheepskin "Clam" Sofa by Philip Arctander, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing, rare “Clam” sofa by Philip Arctander, upholstered with sheepskin. Inviting, the curved design formed for the shape of the body. Seats two people. Black lacquered wooden legs...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Sheepskin

Mid Century Danish Modern Two Seat Sofa by IB Kofod Larsen for Selig
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic love seat in walnut with elegant and subtle lines totally restored with new cushions and webbing. Designed by IB Kofod Larsen for Selig C1958. Seat hgt. is 16.5.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Fabric, Rubber, Walnut

Laurel Settee, Modern Walnut Windsor Style Bench
Located in Chattanooga, TN
A clean modernization of a Classic Windsor bench, this settee features sculpted legs and slats instead of dowels and spindles. Constructed from sustainable walnut, the settee is arti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Wood, Walnut

Laurel Settee, Modern Windsor Style Bench in Blackened Ash
Located in Chattanooga, TN
A clean modernization of a Classic Windsor bench, this settee features sculpted legs and slats instead of dowels and spindles. Constructed from sustainable Ash, the settee is artisan...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Wood, Ash

Arne Vodder Sofa in Patinated Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Vodder for Ivan Schlechter, sofa, patinated leather, teak, Denmark, design 1953, manufactured late 1950s-1960s. Elegant two-seat settee in admirable cognac leather and teak b...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Leather, Teak

Footstool, Seat with Storage Space, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
The seat with storage comes from Denmark from the 1960s. Dimensions: height 42 cm / width 48 cm / depth 31 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Teak, Faux Leather

Arne Norell Inca Armless Settee in Teak-Colored Beech and Tan Leather, 1970s
Located in San Francisco, CA
A handsome 1970s Inca armless settee or two-seat sofa by Swedish designer Arne Norell in teak-colored beech and light tan leather. Solid beech frame with a tinted finish that give...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Loveseat Attributed to Jens Risom
Located in Houston, TX
Midcentury loveseat attributed to Jens Risom, circa 1960. Newly upholstered.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wood

Danish Leather Sofa, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful 1960s, Danish 3-seat sofa in style of Borge Mogensen, in cognac colored leather on beech frame.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Beech

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Slipper Settee by Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This dainty settee has a tailored look that would add style and character to a variety of spaces. Fabric is not original to the piece but is in good useable condition. We'd be happy ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Teak

Kaare Klint 'Addition' Pair of Lounge Chairs Original Red Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, set of two lounge chairs model 4698, original leather, oak, Denmark, design 1933, production 1970s. This pair of lounge chairs is one of the most ic...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Oak

Eric Merthen Scandinavian Modern Tornado Sofa 3-Seater for IRE Möbler Sweden 60s
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Three-seater sofa designed by Eric Merthen and manufactured by the IRE Möbler firm in Skillingaryd, Sweden, in the 1960s. Piece in very good condition. At some point it was reuphol...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Chenille, Hardwood

Folke Ohlsson Model Walnut Color Danish Modern Settee / Loveseat/ Sofa for DUX
Located in Houston, TX
Folke Ohlsson model walnut color Danish modern settee / loveseat/ sofa for DUX. New Kravet indoor outdoor fabric. Lovely in person!
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Birch

Scandinavian Modern Sofa by Fritz Hansen, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Rare Fritz Hansen sofa with fine Danish Modern design lines and details. Laquered solid oak frame and wool fabric. The overall condition is good. The original fabric shows wear (as...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Tage Poulsen Pair of Model TP632 Oak and Patinated Leather Sofas, circa 1962
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful pair of oak and leather Model TP632 settee sofas were designed by Danish architect and Professor Tage Poulsen in circa 1962. These Scandinavian Modern settees feature ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Leather, Oak

Philip Arctander 'Attributed' Scandinavian Modern Settee in Faux Sheepskin
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern settee attribute to Phillip Arctander and first introduced circa 1944 and produced by Nordisk Staal & Møbel Central, Denmark. The settee is constructed of stained...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wood

Frits Schlegel 'Attributed', Organic Settee, Beige Lambskin, Denmark circa 1949
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An example of early Danish modernism. Upholstered in beige sheepskin contrasting dark wooden legs. Frits Schlegel was a Danish modernist architect active during the same era as...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

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Sheepskin, Beech

Finn Juhl Jupiter Sofa France and Son Denmark 1965 Black
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Danish modern so called Jupiter sofa model 218 designed by Finn Juhl and manufactured by France and Son, Denmark 1965. The sofa has a solid rosewood frame and black leather seating. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Danish Modern Sofa in Mahogany and Patinated Leather by Rud Thygesen., 1980s
Located in Lejre, DK
Elegant sofa with mahogany frame and French caning in seat and back. Seat cushion in patinated leather. Designed by Danish architects Johnny Sørensen and Rud Thygesen.
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1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Børge Mogensen Model #2208 Two-Seat Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning two-seat sofa model no. 2208, designed by Børge Mogensen in 1963 and produced by Frederica Stolefabrik, Denmark, in red cognac colored leather on mahogany legs with loose do...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Mahogany, Down

Danish Midcentury 1940s Sofa with Open Armrests Style of Alfred Christensen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Fantastic 1940s Alfred Christensen style sofa with open armrests carved from solid beechwood in the 1940s. Beautiful refined lines with curving arms, coil springs in the seat and tuf...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wool, Beech

Frits Henningsen Pair of Armchairs and Settee
Located in Hudson, NY
An elegant sofa and pair of matching armchairs by Danish designer Frits Henningsen (sofa 31 H, 29 D, 54 W, 29 D, chairs 31 H, 26 W, 29 D, 16 SH) Frits Henningsen (1889–1965) was ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Beech

Danish Two-Seat Sofa with Original Leather
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A Classic two-seat sofa in original vegetable-dyed leather in excellent condition and with a beautiful patina. Cushions with down filling Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1962, made by...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather

Danish Midcentury 1940s Sofa with Open Armrests by Alfred Christensen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Fantastic 1940s Alfred Christensen designed sofa in his characteristic style of open armrests carved from solid elm wood and made by Slagelse Møbelvaerk in the 1940s. Beautiful refin...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wool, Beech

Arne Vodder for Ivan Schlechter Sofa in Original Patinated Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Vodder for Ivan Schlechter, three-seat sofa, leather, wood, Denmark, 1953 Distinct design by Arne Vodder in 1953. The shape of the sofa is created by the high, slanted backrest...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Wood

Ole Wanscher, Two-Seat Sofa, Leather, Wood, for A.J. Iversen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare two-seat sofa / settee / loveseat. Designed by Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen, Denmark, 1940s-1950s. In leather and stained wood.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Wood

Carl Malmsten Samsas Settee
Located in Dallas, TX
Carl Malmsten "Samsas" sofa produced by O. H. Sjogren. This is in a heavy linen material with orange, white and specs of purple.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Sofa 4118 in Original Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa 4118, original leather, mahogany, Denmark, 1930s Classic and elegant Scandinavian two-seat sofa by Kaare Klint for manufacturer Rud Rasmussen. Th...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Mahogany, Leather

Seldom Seen Danish Sofa Designed by Arne Hovmand Olsen for Mogens Kold
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare Danish modern sofa (frame) designed by Arne Hovmand Olsen for Mogens Kold. In original estate condition. Retain original finish, patina showing just the right amount of cosmetic...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Oak, Teak

Jorgen Hoj Niels Vitsoøe Sofa '202' in Red Leather and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jorgen Hoj for Niels Vitsoøe, settee, leather and aluminum, Denmark, 1963. Exclusive cognac leather sofa designed by Jorgen Hoj who worked in the same atelier together with Poul Kja...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Aluminum

Scandinavian Style Bed Settee
Located in Manchester, GB
A super clean 1960s Scandinavian bed settee with exposed teak arms and legs. The brown patterned moquette is original and very clean and undamaged. Overall we would suggest that this...
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Late 20th Century British Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Teak

Erik Jørgensen Original Cognac Leather Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Erik Ole Jørgensen for Erik Jorgensen Møbelfabrik, sofa model EJ 315-3, wood and leather, Denmark, 1972  Elegant three-seat sofa by Erik Ole Jørgensen. This sofa has a luxurious a...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Oak

Dyrlund Three-Seat Sofa, 1950s, Denmark
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage midcentury three-seat sofa by Dyrlund, Denmark. Elegant solid teak frame with new cream wool woven upholstery. Dimensions: 190 W x 70 H x 75 D cm, seat 41 cm high.  
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Teak

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Original Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa, original leather, teak, Denmark, 1930s Classic and elegant Scandinavian two-seat sofa by Kaare Klint for manufacturer Rud Rasmussen. The piece i...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Teak

Colonial 2-Seat Sofa, Model OW149-2, by Ole Wanscher, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Colonial 2-seat sofa, model OW149-2, designed by Ole Wanscher in 1964 and manufactured by P. Jeppesen in the 1960s. The sofa is of rosewood with black leather cushions and is in grea...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Finn Juhl Sofa "BO55" for Bovirke, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Early production, produced by Bovike, 1940s. Designed 1946. Dark stained beech legs and reupholstered with honey colored sheepskin.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Teak

Finn Juhl Sofa BO 46 Bovirke
Located in Pawtucket, RI
The perfect Finn Juhl settee manufactured by Bovirke in 1946. Reupholstered with new Hallingdal fabric. Iconic Danish design in perfect restored condition.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wool

Poul Kjaerholm PK 31/2 Settee
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Beautifully patinated brown two-seat PK 31 settee designed by Poul Kjaerholm and Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen. Stamped to frame.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Steel

Flemming Lassen Settee in Beige Sheepskin, 1940s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Flemming Lassen, two-seat settee for master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær, Copenhagen. Beige sheepskin upholstery and ash legs. Designed, 1940. Please view 1stdibs item reference number L...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Sheepskin

Cane Panels FD451 Sofa, Daybed Seating Group by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard
Located in Utrecht, NL
Beautiful seating group by Danish designer duo Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen. Hvidt & Nielsen designed this seating group in 1956 for the Danish company France & Daverkosen. Da...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Brass

1950s Danish Oak Settee by Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An oak bench, settee or sofa with diagonal tapered leg trusses, retaining the original green/brown wool upholstery. Designed by Hans Wegner circa 1949, manufactured by Johannes Hanse...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

1950s Danish 'Japan Sofa' in Linen Upholstery by Finn Juhl for France & Son
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A model 137 sofa from the "Japan" series with teak frame, newly upholstered in off-white linen. Designed by Finn Juhl and manufactured by France & Son. Marked.   
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Linen, Teak

1940s Danish Upholstered Settee by Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A settee with the original pale gray striated wool upholstery on chamfered beech legs.   
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

1960s GE671 Settee by Hans J. Wegner for GETAMA in Laminated Oak
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A laminated oak settee with flag halyard back supports and upholstered seat and back cushions. From the GE671 collection designed for GETAMA in 1967.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Upholstery, Rope, Oak

1940s Danish Black Horsehair Settee by Ole Wanscher for A.J. Iversen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A stately and elegant modern Chippendale-influenced settee finely crafted in mahogany with original horsehair upholstery and leather welting.
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Mahogany

Cognac Leather PK 31 /2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1960
Located in Utrecht, NL
PK 31 /2 sofa settee by Poul Kjærholm, manufactured by first manufacturer Ejvindt Kold Christensen Denmark (marking on last photo). Sofa comes with original upholstered frame panels...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Danish Sofa with Wing-Shaped Back
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, red to orange fabric, oak, Denmark, 1950s. This elegant, curved settee features a waved, butterfly back and four tapered wooden legs. The sofa is executed with high, sculpted ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Fabric, Ash

Danish Banana Sofa in Striped Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Banana sofa in red and white striped upholstery and wooden legs, Denmark, 1940s. This voluptuous sofa is executed in a striped fabric with wooden legs. The sofa has a high lined and...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Wonderful Settee with Amazing Shape
Located in Munich, DE
This settee comes from an important Danish household with many items by Finn Juhl, Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj. It was purchased in Copenhagen circa 1950 on an cabinetmakers furnit...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Fabric

Mid-century Settee for COM Reupholstery
Located in Berkeley, CA
Mid-Century sofa settee designed by Arne Vodder circa 1950, Denmark. Settee in vintage wool with new foam. Very comfortable seating. Can be used as-found, or reupholstered in choice ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Fabric

Scandinavian Sofa in Leather, 1950s
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Scandinavian settee in red leather with wooden legs, 1950s. Elegant two-seat settee in style of Danish designer Arne Vodder. The high back is slightly curved end runs smoothly over ...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Wood

1960s Danish Sculpted Sofa by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A majestic sofa having a sculptured body resting on eight (8) tapered mahogany legs, retaining the original red, navy and beige striped wool fabric. Designed in the 1940s and manufac...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Oak Sofa by Tage Poulsen
Located in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire
Exceptional large Danish sofa in solid oak designed by architect Tage Poulsen in 1963. Very rare large model in beautifully patinated oiled oak with new fabric covers by Kirkby Desig...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Oak

Rare Jacob Kjaer Sofa with 8 Tapered Legs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Jacob Kjaer sofa with 8 legs An elegant sofa with tight seat and back restored in a luxurious pale rose Prima Alpaca Fabric from Sandra Jordan. Denmark, circa 1950.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Wood, Alpaca