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Scandinavian Modern Seating

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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Børge Mogensen Sofa Model 2213 Produced by Fredericia Stolefabrik in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Sofa model 2213 designed by Børge Mogensen. Produced by Fredericia Stolefabrik in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Arne Norell Sofa Model Kontiki Produced by Arne Norell AB in Aneby, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
3-seater sofa model Kontiki designed by Arne Norell. Produced by Arne Norell AB in Aneby, Sweden.  
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Customazible Pair of Danish Wing Back Chairs with Teak Frame
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, teak, off-white upholstery, Denmark, 1950s Danish wingback chairs with dynamic teak frame. The seat and backrest are slightly tilted to allow the seat great c...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Jørgen Rasmussen Kevi Desk Chairs
Located in Dronten, NL
A design icon, the Kevi task chair offers adjustable height, adjustable angle back and adjustable seat height. Surprisingly comfortable, the Kevi chair is a favorite among architects...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Aluminum, Chrome

Børge Mogensen, Coffee Table Model 272 for Fredericia Stolefabrik
Located in Munster, NRW
Stunning coffee table, or bench, Model 272, designed by Danish architect Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrik during the 50’s and inspired by the shaker movement. Top made o...
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1950s Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Cane, Oak

Pair of Arne Norell Lounge Chairs in Patinated Green and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Norell, high back lounge chairs, leather, wood, Sweden, 1960s. Wonderful pair of comfortable buffalo leather chairs by the Swedish designer Arne Norell. These easy lounge chai...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Leather, Wood

Gangso Mobler Scandinavian Modern Teak Counter Height Barstools Set of 3
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome set of 3 Gangso Mobler Scandinavian Modern counter height barstools comprised of teak frames and new gray linen-look/tweed upholstery. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind t...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Hans Wegner Sofa Model Ge-240 / Cigar Produced by GETAMA in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Sofa model GE-240 / Cigar designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by GETAMA in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Sam Larsson for DUX Armchairs Model ‘Sam’ in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sam Larsson for DUX International, dining chairs model 'Sam', cognac leather, fabric, metal, Sweden, design 1974 Dining chairs model ‘Sam’ designed by Sam Larsson (1910-1998) in 1...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Armchair, Painted Wood and Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An armchair / side chair / garden chair. Designed and produced by Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Sweden, 1940s. In painted iron and painted wood. See listing LU3228124053422 for a m...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

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Iron

Swedish Stools in Pine
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare stools manufactured in Sweden, ca 1970. Extremely well made stools that consist of a round seat with four legs that are beautifully connected with visible joinery. Conditio...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Armchair, Painted Wood and Iron, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An armchair / side chair / garden chair. Designed and produced by Slöjdprodukter Bjärnum, Sweden, 1940s. In painted iron and painted wood. See listing LU3228124052922 for a ma...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

Poul Volther Sofa / Daybed Model Diva / 981 Produced by Gemla in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sofa / daybed model Diva / 981 designed by Poul Volther. Produced by Gemla in Sweden. Dimensions (W x D x H): 200 x 80 ( 110 ) x 79 cm, SH: 40 cm.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Lounge Chair in Leather and Rosewood by Larsen and Madsen
Located in Providence, RI
Lounge chair in leather and rosewood, designed by Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen, and produced in Denmark by Ludvig Pontoppidan, circa 1964.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chairs "AP-71", Oak & White Savak Wool, AP Stolen, 1968
Located in Odense, DK
Rare Hans J. Wegner folding lounge chair designed in 1968 and produced at "AP Stolen" in limited numbers for a short time period. The chairs feature adjustable back- and headrest in ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Oak

Swedish Modernist Designer, Minimalist Stool, Pine, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish pinewood stool or side table. By unknown designer, 1970s. Other designers of the period include Pierre Chapo, Charlotte Perriand, Axel Einar Hjorth, and Kaare Klint. ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

72" White Oak Bench by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
A versatile and durable bench suitable for a variety of applications including extra seating, hall entrance bench or even a narrow coffee table. The Adelaide bench is a welcome addit...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Swedish Modernist Designer, Minimalist Stool, Solid Pine, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish pinewood stool or side table. By unknown designer, c. 1950s. Other designers of the period include Pierre Chapo, Charlotte Perriand, Axel Einar Hjorth, and Kaare Klint. ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Swedish Modernist Designer, Minimalist Stool, Pine, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Swedish pinewood stool or side table. By unknown designer, 1970s. Other designers of the period include Pierre Chapo, Charlotte Perriand, Axel Einar Hjorth, and Kaare Klint. ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Mid Century Swedish Three Seater Sofa by Carl Malmsten, Model "Visingsö", 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Stunning three seater sofa by Carl Malmsten for O.H Sjögren. 1960s. Model Visingsö in solid oak and reupholstered in thick 100% wool. Removable cushions, so that you can adjust the l...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Oak

Arnt Lande 'attr.' Pair of Pine Armchairs by Møller & Stokke, Norway, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Though their country has a long tradition of craftsmanship, for numerous reasons mid-century Norwegian designers never gained the same international renown as their peers in neighbou...
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1940s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Karin Mobring Armchairs Model Amiral Produced in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Armchairs model Amiral designed by Karin Mobring. Produced in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Pair of Scandinavian Modern Tables or Stools from 1960s Made of Solid Pine Wood
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of Scandinavian Modern tables/stools, 1960s, made of solid pine wood. Very good vintage condition with light age related wear and patina. A round sculpted seat and a solid bas...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

Even Arm Sofa by Hans Wegner
Located in Providence, RI
Elegant even arm sofa on tapered teak legs, designed by Hans J. Wegner, circa 1955. This example, produced by the workshop of A.P. Stolen, Denmark, circa 1971. Purchased from origina...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Teak

Rare Hans J. Wegner Bench Model 'FH 1935/4' in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans J. Wegner for Fritz Hansen, FH 1935/4 bench, walnut, beech, Denmark, design 1948, manufactured 1950s This is a rare and largest version ever made of the 'FH 1935' bench or so...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Beech, Walnut

Scandinavian Midcentury Rosewood Sofa "Monte Carlo", 1965
Located in Karlstad, SE
Top-quality lounge sofa designed by Ingvar Stockum for Futura Möbler in 1965. Its beautiful frame and low profile adds to the elegance of this sofa. The "Monte Carlo" series w...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

Finn Juhl Easy Chairs Model 138 Produced by France & Son in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare easy chairs model 138 designed by Finn Juhl. Produced by France & Son in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Pair of 1930s Curved Club Chairs
Located in Hudson, NY
A pair of cosy, Danish modern curved club chairs with channelled backs and stained beech legs circa 1930s-40s. Original upholstery in good condition.
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Otto Schulz Easy Chairs Produced by Boet in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare pair of easy chairs designed by Otto Schulz. Produced by Boet in Sweden.
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mohair, Velvet, Birch

Hans J. Wegner Lounge Chairs from the 1960s in Oak and Dark Green Leather
Located in Odense, DK
Pair of rare and important "Sawbuck" lounge chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. Model "CH-28". Designed by Wegner in 1952 they were an instant classic. This pair...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak, Leather

Arne Norell Sofa Model Merkur Produced by Arne Norell AB in Aneby, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Sofa model Merkur designed by Arne Norell. Produced by Arne Norell AB in Aneby, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Beech

Hans Wegner Sofa Model AP-64 Produced by AP-Stolen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare sofa model AP-64 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by AP-Stolen in Denmark.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

Swedish Grace, Art Deco Large Wingback Chair with Carved Stolid Birch Frame
Located in New York, NY
Large scale, Swedish Grace, Art Deco Period wingback armchair from the late 1920's, early 1930's. The solid birch frame is stained and newly polished. The chair's frame base has sabr...
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Birch, Birch

Set of Four Stacking Chairs Designed by Magnus Olesen "8000 Series"
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 8000 series four chairs by Magnus Olsen, Denmark. Stylish curved wooden legs and chair backs with blue-grey top. Vintage patina. Stackable chairs. Dimensions: Chairs: 53 W x ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Bentwood

Pouf / Stool Produced in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and large pouf / stool by unknown designer. Produced in Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Danish Lounge Chair Attributed to Fritz Hansen
Located in Providence, RI
Danish lounge chair attributed to Fritz Hansen, circa 1948. A lounge chair with very generous proportions, it measures 33" wide x 40" deep x 29" tall, and has a seat height of 13". T...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wool

Yrjö Kukkapuro Armchairs Model Junior Produced by Haimi in Finland
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare set of 8 model Junior armchairs designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro. Produced by Haimi in Finland.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind Seating Group Model 175 / Moduline
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare modular seating group model 175 / Moduline designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind. Produced by France & Søn in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Scandinavian Mid Century Lounge Chair in Sheepskin
Located in Karlstad, SE
High-back lounge chair manufactured in Denmark ca 1940. This majestic chair surrounds you with its curved backrest and is just as comfortable as it looks. It's been reupholster...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Ib Kofod-Larsen Easy Chair Model Holte Produced by OPE in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare easy chair model Holte designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen. Produced by OPE in Sweden.
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Hans Wegner Dining Chairs Model CH-31 Produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare dining chairs model CH-31 designed by Hans Wegner. Produced by Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Cane, Oak

Pair of Danish Modern Folding Chairs by Johan Hagen in Oak and Canvas, 1958
Located in Odense, DK
Rare pair of Danish modern folding chairs designed by Johan Hagen in oak and reupholstered with new canvas, 1958. Made by cabinetmaker I. Christiansen. Beautiful crafted chair. ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Canvas, Oak

Søren Hansen Easy Chair Model 4365 Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wingback easy chair model 4365 designed by Søren Hansen. Produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Minimal White Oak Bar Stool with Brass Foot Rests by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
An instant Classic with a contemporary turned legs and a faceted top for comfort, this counter height stool will stand the test of time and only get better with age. A light and dura...
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2010s Canadian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Oak, Oak

Set of 4 Swedish Dining Chairs in Pine and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of 4 dining chairs, pine, cognac leather, Sweden, 1970s. A set of 4 robust dining chairs with a simplistic design, featuring straight lines and a sincere construction in pine ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Pine

Kurt Østervig Bench / Side Table Produced by Jason Møbler in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare bench / side table designed by Kurt Østervig. Produced by Jason Møbler in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Alf Svensson, Very Rare Lounge Chair Model Napoli for DUX, 1960s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Very rare lounge chair, model Napoli, designed by Alf Svensson for Swedish manufacturer DUX in the 1960s. Only produced in a very short period in the early 1960s. This design has ver...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Armchair Attributed to Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare armchair attributed to Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen. Probably produced by Gustav Bertelsen in Denmark.
Category

1940s European Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Carl Malmsten for O. H. Sjögren Lounge Chairs Model ‘Farmor’
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Malmsten for O. H. Sjögren, lounge chairs model ‘Farmor’, fabric wood, Sweden, design 1956 Swedish furniture designer Carl Malmsten cooperated in the 1950s with small Swedish c...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Erik Buck Bar Stools Model OD-61 Produced by Oddense Møbelfabrik in Denmark
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare set of 4 bar stools model OD-61 designed by Erik Buck. Produced by Oddense Møbelfabrik in Denmark. Price listed is / item.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Jacob Kjær Pair of Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Green Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jacob Kjær, pair of armchairs, mahogany, fabric, Denmark, 1940s Stunning pair of armchairs by master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjaer. Characterized by simplicity, the chairs are executed i...
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1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Scandinavian Mid Century Lounge Chair in Sheepskin
Located in Karlstad, SE
Low-back Fritz Hansen style lounge chair manufactured in Denmark ca 1940. Cozy lounge chair with exceptional proportions and design. It's been reupholstered in a fantastic honey ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Sheepskin

Frits Henningsen Sofa in Mahogany and Pink Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Frits Henningsen, sofa, mahogany, pink fabric, Denmark, 1930s This classic sofa was designed and produced by master cabinet maker Frits Henningsen around the 1930s. The basic design...
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1930s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

High-Back Lounge Chairs by Oscar Langlo in Alpaca Velvet, Norway, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of Scandinavian-Modern high-back lounge chairs designed by Oscar Langlo for P.I. Langlos Fabrikker AS Stranda Furniture, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in natural alpaca velvet...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Hans Wegner Chairs for Johannes Hansen
Located in Providence, RI
Rare pair of JH-813 armchairs by Hans J. Wegner with frames of flat steel and original handstitched saddle leather.  Sketched in wood by Wegner in 1947 for the Copenhagen cabinet ma...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Otto Schulz Easy Chairs Model Schulz Produced by Boet in Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare easy chairs model Schulz designed by Otto Schulz. Produced by Boet in Sweden. Price listed is / chair.
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Fabric, Beech

Borge Mogensen Model 225 White Sofa with Oak Frame
Located in Madrid, ES
Børge Mogensen two-seat sofa, model 2252, manufactured by Fredericia Stolefabrik. Solid oak frame and loose cushions upholstered with white wool fabric, brown leather neck cushions a...
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wool, Oak

EJ 5 Corona Chair by Poul Volthers for Erik Jorgensen
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Iconic Corona chair & ottoman. One of the best and famous creations of Poul Volther. Manufacturing by Erik Jorgensen with chromed metal. Ottoman measures: 47 x 77 x 40.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Seating

Materials

Metal